Walker County Deputy Resigns In Lieu Of Termination For Alleged Sexual Contact With Underage Teens

Friday, October 21, 2011

Walker County Deputy Gaylon Redwine resigned employment on Oct. 8 in lieu of termination after an internal investigation revealed that he had engaged in inappropriate conduct that violated Walker County Sheriff’s Office policy, Sheriff Steve Wilson said.

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office released information on Friday regarding the conduct that resulted in the resignation of Deputy Redwine.

Officials said, "On or about April 2010, he kissed a 15-year-old girl in Walker County. During the summer of 2010, he had sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl in Walker County. In July 2011, he kissed a 14-year-old girl. This act occurred in Panama City Beach, Fla.

"The acts of misconduct in Walker County have been presented to the District Attorney’s Office. Their findings are the age of consent in the state of Georgia is 16 years for sexual relations. Therefore, since the acts were consensual, Mr. Redwine cannot be prosecuted for sexual acts with the 16-year old.

Officials said, "Regarding the kissing of the 15-year-old, although morally questionable, it would not by itself be conduct which could be prosecuted. The Panama City Beach Police Department has declined to prosecute Redwine with regard to the act of kissing a 14-year-old."

As a result of the internal investigation, Redwine was found to have violated Walker County Sheriff’s Office departmental Policy and Procedure 2.06 “All crimes of a sexual nature or crimes involving moral turpitude,” which is punishable by termination.

The internal investigation also determined that Redwine was not on duty when any of the acts of misconduct occurred.


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