Former deputy arrested in gun theft faces additional charges

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A former Marion County Sheriff’s deputy arrested in the theft of five guns last year now faces additional charges after investigators said they uncovered a wide range of illegal activity.

The Statesman Journal reports that 49-year-old Sean Banks was indicted Friday by a Marion County grand jury on 25 counts including theft, misconduct and tampering with evidence between June 2014 and April 2018.

He was initially arrested last June after investigators said he sold five guns that he had taken from the home of a man who died.

Banks, of Keizer, is now being held at the Linn County Jail on $200,000 bail and is due to appear March 13 in Marion County court.

He worked for the sheriff’s office for five years before being arrested.