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The Charles County Sheriff’s Office suspended Maj. Joseph “Buddy” Gibson’s police powers Thursday. The assistant sheriff for administration is under investigation for allegations of domestic violence.
Gibson said he is cooperating 100 percent with agencies and “based on the allegations the judge did the right thing, [Sheriff Rex Coffey (D)] did the right thing without a doubt.”
Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Diane Richardson confirmed the suspension of Gibson’s police powers, but would not give a reason or discuss the complaint. She said that “personnel law prohibits the sheriff’s office from releasing detailed information as to why.”
Coffey told a reporter in a brief telephone conversation Friday that the suspension was a human resources issue and he couldn’t comment further.
Online court records show that as a result of the complaint, a judge ordered Gibson to have no contact with the alleged victim, who is not named. Gibson also is ordered to stay away from the alleged victim’s home and to vacate his La Plata residence.
Gibson has a hearing scheduled for today.
Richardson said that the matter is not related to his duties at the sheriff’s office.
She explained that when an officer is relieved of his police duties, he is no longer allowed to make arrests or carry a handgun.