A Fort Mill police officer is accused of a domestic violence incident at his home Dec. 27 before fleeing to Florida, authorities said.

The Fort Mill Sun has obtained the FMPD police report, SLED warrants and official personnel photo of Stephen James Cleary.


FMPD Maj. Bryan Zachary released this statement by email, “Once FMPD officers responded to the scene on 12/27/2020, and discovered the circumstances, all appropriate steps were taken to support the victim, and SLED was immediately contacted to investigate the incident. Cleary began employment with the FMPD Patrol Division on 03/18/2019, and was terminated on 12/28/2020.”

Here is the incident report narrative released by Fort Mill Police.

SLED issued this press release to media across the state:

SLED press release

A public affairs spokeswoman for the Hillsboro County Sheriff’s Office (Fla.) said Thursday that Cleary remained in their custody, but no mugshot was available. She said Florida law does not allow for the release of mugshots when it involves an officer.

The SLED warrants spell out the criminal allegations of domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, kidnapping and unlawful neglect of a child.

Greg Rickabaugh

Greg "Ricky Bobby" Rickabaugh has lived in the Fort Mill and York County community since 2006. He has covered the area while a reporter for The Charlotte Observer and a freelance writer for The Fort Mill...