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FT. OGLETHORPE, GA (Times Free Press) -- The City Council in Fort Oglethorpe seems headed toward a public hearing over an accusation that City Councilman Charles Sharrock sexually harassed a female city police detective by touching her. It's the third such accusation against Sharrock by a city employee since 2008, records show.

"The charges that were brought need to be aired out in public," Councilman Eddie Stinnett said Wednesday. "We're going to be holding a trial so all the evidence will be put out on both sides, and we'll have to make a judgment on what we hear."

After a closed-session discussion at its meeting Monday night, city councilmen voted 4-0 to start the process outlined in the city charter for removing a council member

The charter calls for a public hearing, after which council could dismiss Sharrock by written notice specifying the grounds for removal. Sharrock could appeal in Catoosa County Superior Court.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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