A former Sampson County sheriff's deputy has been charged with forcing a teenager to have sex with him, The Fayetteville Observer reported.

John Lenn Aman, 47, of the 3700 block of H.B. Lewis Road in Clinton, was charged Friday with nine counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, eight counts each of statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a minor, two counts of soliciting prostitution of a minor, and one count each of second-degree rape and sexual battery.

The victim, now 17, told investigators that Aman began having sex with her when she was 13 and continued to do so until March, according to a news release from the Sampson County Sheriff's Office.

Aman was a deputy under Sheriffs W.C. Fann and O.L. "Buck" McCullen, the release said.

Aman then worked as the security officer for the Sampson County office building until July 2005, when he was transferred to the Sheriff's Office as part of a realignment, the release said.

The current sheriff, Jimmy Thornton, fired Aman in 2006 for unrelated reasons, the release said.

Thornton asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into the allegations of sexual abuse, the release said.

"Whenever you terminate someone and then have to investigate them, it creates a conflict of interest in a way," Thornton said in the press release.

Aman's bail was set at $60,000.

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