FIRST ON 9: Craven Co. Sheriff’s lieutenant charged with assault on female resigns

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) – A lieutenant with the Craven County Sheriff’s Office who was charged with an assault on a female resigned Monday.

According to the detention center, 40-year-old David Paul Craft was booked on the charge early Sunday morning.

In a news release, Craven County Sheriff Jerry Monette said the investigation is closed and will be handled by the courts.

He also said the office is saddened to hear of the events leading to Craft’s resignation.

Craft was a 17-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and was recognized in 2008 as the Deputy Sheriff of Year.

Monette said the award stemmed from Craft rescuing a small child from a burning vehicle.

In the release, Monette also said Craft went into the water to save a child who wandered away from home.

Monette said the Sheriff’s Office wishes Craft and his family the best.

Craft made his first court appearance Monday and his bond was set at $1,000.

He next court date is January 10.

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