A Georgia county sheriff is accused of groping a outstanding native choose at an annual regulation enforcement convention final month, officers stated.
Bleckley County Sheriff Kristopher Coody has been charged with sexual battery after he allegedly fondled the choose at a lodge bar on the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta in Cobb County in January throughout the three-day Georgia Sheriff’s Affiliation winter assembly.
Police stated Coody “did place his hand” on the sufferer’s physique elements with out the sufferer’s consent, based on the arrest warrant, obtained by WXIA.
The choose’s id was not made public.
Coody has not been arrested as he’s at the moment outdoors of the state on a church mission journey that “has been scheduled for almost a yr,” based on an announcement from the Bleckley County Sheriff’s Division.
His warrant was issued on Jan. 28.
“Sheriff Coody has been a regulation enforcement officer for greater than 20 years and has super respect for our court docket system. He takes these allegations critically and can meet with the suitable authorities as quickly as he returns,” the Bleckley Sheriff’s Workplace stated in an announcement.
In keeping with data obtained by WXIA, Coody has a historical past of improper conduct.
In 2007, he was terminated from his place with the Georgia State Patrol after he’d spent greater than 20 years with them, the outlet reported.
In a 2007 incident, Coody was concerned with an argument with a pal through which the pal punched Coody’s 12-year-old son within the face in entrance of his 10-year-old daughter, based on studies. Coody left the scene together with his son, and refused to cooperate with investigators. He declined to inform his supervisor that he was underneath investigation and had been interviewed by police.
In the course of the investigation, Coody’s ex-wife filed a felony grievance in opposition to him for letting his 12-year-old daughter drive his police cruiser on the freeway, which he admitted to.
Coody’s bond is anticipated to be set at $1,000.