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      Marion County deputy accused of racial profiling two actors back on the job

      A Marion County Sheriff's Deputy, who was under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on accusations he racially profiled and mistreated a Hollywood couple, reported back to duty January 1, according to Marion County Sheriff Mark Richardson.

      The deputy had been on paid administrative leave from the job since October.

      Richardson referred us to the FBI to learn the findings of its investigation that cleared the way for the officer to return to work.

      Our repeated calls to the FBI haven't been returned.

      Dennis White and Cherie Johnson say they were on their way to Myrtle Beach when they stopped in Marion County to take pictures of a cotton field.

      The couple says a deputy pulled up and questioned them. The couple says the deputy put them in handcuffs, questioned them about drugs and searched their car.

      The deputy's attorney Rosemary Parham issued a statement on his behalf shortly after the accusations surfaced saying, "The incident has nothing to do with race and everything to do with an officer following routine procedure and doing his job. We are confident that anyone who takes a look at what actually occurred in Marion County will reach the same conclusion."