According to a press release issued by City of Hinesville Public Relations Manager Whitney Morris-Reed, the Hinesville Police Department arrested one of their own officers.
According to the report HPD Officer Steven Alan Fitton (35) of Hinesville was arrested Nov. 4.
Fitton’s arrest was the result of an investigation stemming from an allegation of physical abuse involving his biological child and a step – child from a previous marriage.
Reed reported that Fitton is currently out on bond. He is charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault by Strangulation and two counts of Cruelty to Children in the 2nd Degree. The charges are all felony offenses.
According to Hinesville Police Chief, Bill Kirkendall, Fitton has been employed with HPD since Sept. 25, 2017 as a patrol officer. The Chief said an investigation concerning allegations of child abuse started on June 26, 2019. Kirkendall said the delay in the investigations and subsequent charges was that the alleged victimized children were relocated with their mother to North Carolina.
Fitton is the biological father of one of the children ages 9 and 11 and stepfather to the other. Kirkendall said Fitton was initially suspended with pay upon his arrest on Nov 4, for 5 days as per city policy. The officer has since been placed on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of an ongoing Internal Affairs investigation.
For more information, please contact Whitney Morris-Reed, Public Relations Manager, at
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