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UPDATE: Walker Co. deputy fired, arrested in sexual misconduct investigation

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WALKER COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -

UPDATE: A Walker County deputy was fired after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman while on duty.

Wesley Holland, 61, was booked into the Gordon County Jail on Thursday. He's charged with sexually assaulting a woman and violation of oath.

Holland is currently out on a $30,000 bond. He had been employed with the department since December 2014.

"It's very disappointing and embarrassing," said Sheriff Steve Wilson.

Holland faces three felony charges in connection to the sexual assault of a woman on April 30th.

Wilson said Holland, who was assigned to the court services division, was called to take a woman from a hospital in Fort Oglethorpe to another hospital in Dunwoody, Georgia. On the way, Holland made a stop in Gordon County, where the two engaged in sexual acts.

"We believe it was consensual, in the frame of mind that we think of that term. By law, it was not," Wilson explained. "An authority figure such as a deputy sheriff, a school teacher, and there may be other cases, cannot legally consent to a sexual act."

The victim filed a complaint with the Dunwoody Police Department.

Wilson said he heard of the allegations several days later, immediately called the GBI to investigate, and placed Holland on administrative leave. There was enough probable cause to terminate him on Wednesday -- the day before his arrest. 

"We go through all types of training that would prevent this from happening," said Wilson, "but it happened."

"I wish I had the words to explain why or how," he said. "I'm just at a loss for words, really."

Holland is out on bond and pending arraignment. Wilson plans to review department policies with deputies in light of this case.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.


PREVIOUS STORY: Walker County Deputy Sheriff Wesley Holland was fired this week and was booked Thursday at the Gordon County Georgia Detention Facility.

Holland faces three felony charges: sexual assault by person with authority, sodomy and violation of oath, according to a news release from Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson.

The investigation, conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, revealed that Deputy Holland was transporting a female from Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia, to Dunwoody, Georgia on Saturday April 30, 2016.

While in route, Deputy Holland stopped his patrol vehicle at a location in Gordon County, Georgia.  While parked, Holland engaged in a sexual act with the female he was transporting.

The female reported the assault to Dunwoody Police, who subsequently contacted the Walker County Sheriff’s Office.  Upon notification, Sheriff Steve Wilson requested the GBI to investigate the incident.

Holland was released on May 12, 2016 from the Gordon County Detention Facility on a $30,000 bond.

Holland had been employed with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office since December 2014.

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