Already Under Investigation, Madison Co. Sheriff Indicted

Already Under Investigation, Madison Co. Sheriff Indicted

Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork will address the media Tuesday morning, a day after he was indicted on a felony charge of sexual battery.
JACKSON, TN (localmemphis.com) -- Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork will address the media Tuesday morning, a day after he was indicted on a felony charge of sexual battery.

"We don't see that this has any basis to go forward, and should have never been charged," Woolfork's lawyer Mark Donahoe said Monday night.

According to court records, the indictment stems from an alleged incident at a deputy's home on October 10th. Jackson Police were called to the home of a Madison County Sheriff's deputy after she complained the Sheriff showed up at her house drunk. The Sheriff was not arrested at the time.

"It is relatively easy to obtain an indictment, that's not a hard part of a case," Donahoe said.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich is handling the case after Madison County District Attorney Jerry Woodall recused himself.

"I am surprised that he was arrested, he is a great guy," said Tommy Coleman, a Jackson resident. "I would like him to continue to be Sheriff, but not with all this controversy that is going on."

"They have not heard all the case, they have not heard the Sheriff testify, they have not heard the other witnesses," he added. "It is very easy to get indicted, it is not so easy to get a conviction."

The Sheriff's legal woes do not end there.

Madison County Attorney Steven Maroney continues to investigate sexual harrassment claims by two deputies against the Sheriff.

"I am still conducting my investigating as a prerequisite to filing an ouster suit," Maroney wrote in an e-mail. "Today's development, of course, deals with some (not all) of the facts brought to light by the County's separate employment law investigation, and therefore will be taken into consideration in my own investigation."

Donahoe said Sheriff Woolfork had not talked with him about any plans to resign. The Sheriff is set to address the media first thing Tuesday morning.

He is due back in court on December 9th.
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