Kevin J. Kearns, a Cornelius resident, pleaded guilty to harassment that allegedly occurred at work.

Kevin J. KearnsA former Washington County Sheriff's Office corporal and Cornelius resident resigned before accepting a plea deal Monday, Feb. 26, over a harassment charge stemming from actions while on the job.

Kevin J. Kearns, 45, was convicted on one count of harassment. Two other harassment charges were dismissed, according to court documents.

"Former deputy Kevin Kearns resigned from the Sheriff's Office prior to his plea at court," a spokesman with the Washington County Sheriff's Office confirmed to KOIN 6 News. "He was not a deputy at the time (of his conviction)."

Kearns was arrested on Dec. 14, based on results of an internal investigation, after a coworker reported ongoing sexual harassment while the two were on-duty in the office's jail division. The report came on Dec. 6, eight days before he was arrested. After the report, Kearns was placed on administrative leave.

Kearns was also sentenced to one-year probation. As a part of his plea deal, Kearns will also surrender his state Department of Public Safety and Standards certificate.

This story originally appeared on the website of KOIN 6 News, the Hillsboro Tribune's media partner.

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