A plea agreement has been reached in the criminal case against former Caledonia County Deputy Sheriff Capt. Stephen Bunnell

A plea agreement has been reached in the criminal case against former Caledonia County Deputy Sheriff Capt. Stephen Bunnell.  Bunnell, 47, once served as “Chief Deputy” to Caledonia County Sheriff Dean Shatney and was frequently assigned to security at the Caledonia County Courthouse and prisoner transports. But he lost his job after being accused by state police investigators of abusing his position as a police officer by soliciting nude photos and sex from female drug addicts. In September of 2021, Bunnell pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor prohibited acts for allegedly soliciting and paying women for sex and two counts of prohibited conduct for allegedly requesting nude photos in exchange for money. On Monday a plea agreement negotiated between Bunnell’s defense attorney and  Windham County State’s Attorney Tracy Shriver was filed in Caledonia Superior Court. Shriver prosecuted the case to avoid any possible conflicts of interest between Bunnell and Caledonia County officials. The plea agreement will take effect after it is approved by a judge at a change-of-plea hearing which has not been scheduled yet. Before reaching an agreement with the state, Bunnell had been facing a possible sentence of up to four years in prison and $800 in fines if convicted.

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