Houston Corporal Turns Himself in to Face Sexual Battery Charge

12:04 PM, Oct 23, 2009   |    comments
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 A Houston County sheriff's corporal accused of a sexual assault turned himself in Wednesday.

    Cpl. Sean Alexander was booked at the Houston sheriff's department around 4 p.m.

  He was released on $2,500 bond.

 He's accused of sexual battery, a misdemeanor.

 

  The sheriff's department says he's on administrative leave until Friday.

 

  They're consulting with the county attorney on Alexander's status after that.

 

A magistrate court judge issued an arrest warrant for Alexander Tuesday after a health-club employee testified that he sexually assaulted her on Sept. 5.

   She  said it happened inside The Edge Fitness Club on Highway 247 in Houston County.

 She said they were having a conversation that turned sexual.

 She said Alexander pulled her inside a tanning-bed room, locked the door and turned off the lights.

 She testified that he kissed her, touched her and held her hands by her side.

 Last month, Alexander told 13WMAZ he did absolutely nothing wrong.

In a written statement to the Warner Robins Police Department that was read to the court, Alexander indicated that the act was consensual.

He said that he followed the female employee into the tanning-bed room.

After the hearing, Alexander said he was not guilty, and will work with the justice system.

 The hearing was held at the Houston County magistrate court before Peach County Judge Laurens "Larry" Lee, to avoid a conflict of interest.

Lee said all he needed was probable cause to issue the arrest warrant, and he had no reason to believe the female employee was lying.

He says sexual battery is a misdemeanor, and would therefore go to a state court.

 Sheriff Cullen Talton said Alexander was put on administrative leave when the complaint was first filed, but then went back to work on full duties.

 

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