ECPD officer on leave resigns

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David Sutton


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Thursday, August 9, 2018

An Elizabeth City police officer under court order to stay away from his former fiancée following her domestic violence allegations against him, has resigned from the city police department.

David Sutton resigned on Aug. 2, Chief Eddie Buffaloe said Wednesday afternoon in response to an email request for an update on Sutton's status. 

Buffaloe declined further comment and Sutton couldn't be immediately reached. Meghan Ashworth, a Kitty Hawk attorney who represented Charlotte Corso, Sutton's former fiancée, declined comment when reached.

Sutton, 37, was placed on administrative leave with pay after Corso filed a criminal complaint against him with Camden County Magistrate S.P. Gordon on July 7. 

Gordon issued a summons ordering Sutton to appear in Camden District Court on two counts of misdemeanor injury to personal property. In court documents, Corso claimed Sutton had abused her and had threatened to commit suicide.

Three days later, on July 10, District Judge Meader Harriss III signed a protective order prohibiting Sutton from having any contact with Corso.

On July 30, District Judge Christopher McLendon, of Beaufort County, issued a restraining order against Sutton, prohibiting him from having any contact with Corso for a year. The restraining order also gave Corso custody of a child she and Sutton have together.

Meanwhile, the District Attorney’s Office is keeping the criminal charges against Sutton on hold for six months, based on four conditions.

During that period, Sutton is required to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings twice a week, beginning Aug. 15. He must also attend counseling for anger management, make $500 restitution to Corso by Aug. 30 and abide by the conditions of the restraining order. 

If Sutton complies with those conditions, prosecutors will move to dismiss the charges against him.