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GBI investigates sexual assault allegations against Newton County deputy

barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com

COVINGTON -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed they have been asked to pursue an investigation against a Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy on an allegation of sexual assault.

According to GBI spokesman John Bankhead, the investigation began Friday.

No charges have been filed against the deputy and no details about the incident have been released.

"The Sheriff's Office received a complaint against a deputy and the Sheriff's Office contacted the GBI and asked for their assistance as an outside, independent agency," said Lt. Keith Crum of the NCSO Internal Affairs Division. "Based on their findings, the case will be presented to the District Attorney to decide what, if any, action will be taken. The investigation is still ongoing and it will continue until thoroughly investigated and completed. Nobody has been charged ... All we have is an allegation and the GBI is investigating the case."

Crum said once the investigation is completed and the allegations are either substantiated or found to be false, the investigation will be made public.

"We're not releasing names because we don't want to smear someone until we know what happened," he said, adding "There will be a complete and thorough investigation. You can't get much better than the GBI."

Crum said an internal investigation into the matter is also ongoing.