Volusia Sheriff’s deputy accused of sexual assault resigns

A Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputy has resigned after he was accused of sexually assaulting a female victim early Monday morning.

On Monday, May 13, the victim contacted the Daytona Beach Police Department and reported a sexual assault involving an off-duty VCSO deputy. The victim advised that the deputy was wearing “plain clothes,” and he was operating a marked patrol car belonging to the sheriff’s office, according to DBPD.  

The deputy was later identified as 40-year-old Stephen Corbin.

The victim alleged that Corbin held her against her will and verbally threatened to arrest her if she failed to engage in a sexual act. DBPD stated that the victim was able to exit the patrol vehicle, and she contacted the police department.

An investigation was immediately launched by DBPD. Based on evidence that was gathered, the police department stated that “it’s believed that Corbin assaulted a second victim earlier in the day on May 13, 2024.”

No further details were provided regarding this second alleged assault incident.

Daytona Beach police arrested Corbin on Wednesday, May 15, and he is currently being held in custody without bond. He is being charged with bribery (two counts), battery (two counts), false imprisonment (two counts), and solicitation to commit prostitution (two counts).

In a statement released by Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood on Wednesday, he said that upon learning of the allegations, he “immediately began the process of terminating the employment of Stephen Corbin.”

Sheriff Chitwood stated that Corbin began his employment with VCSO in May of 2015. Rather than facing termination, Corbin tendered his resignation.

The sheriff concluded his statement with the following:

“To say I’m disappointed in (Corbin’s) behavior is an understatement,” stated Sheriff Chitwood. “His actions not only discredit his own name, but tarnish the Sheriff’s Office badge and the reputation of our entire organization.

“Like any profession, ours hires from the human race. We don’t have the technology to detect each person’s character flaws, assess their integrity or predict all their future conduct.

“We do have a responsibility to act decisively when someone’s character falls short of the public’s expectations. This person will not be a deputy sheriff in our community, and his badge will be melted down so it won’t represent this agency in the future.”

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, the Daytona Beach Police Department asks that you call its Criminal Investigations Division at 368-671-5202.

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