Warren County tight-lipped about alleged rape

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September 22, 2006

Over a month has passed since an inmate claimed Warren County deputy Dewayne Wood raped her, and still no answers.

Lester Woods says it's the public's right to know what happened.

"If it's public, the taxpayers are paying them, so why shouldn't we be informed?" he says.

The incident happened August 10, when Deputy Wood was transporting a female inmate to the McDuffie County Jail. She claims he pulled off the road and raped her.

After weeks of silence, News 12 filed legal paperwork asking Warren County Sheriff Joe Peebles if Deputy Wood has ever been in trouble.

But the sheriff wasn't around to give us what we asked for.

“Well ma’am, I'm sorry, he's out on I-20 and I definitely don't have personnel files in this office," we were told.

But he wasn't at the scene when we got there.

We checked his office three times…nothing.

Our question: why haven't we heard from the sheriff?

Last week, the department told us to fax our request to the main number.

Now that the deadline is past, they say we should have used his direct office fax number. "There is a possibility he did not get your fax."

So now what?

"If anything is not reported, it's wrong," Lester Woods says. He says any time an officer is under investigation, the public has a right to know.

The answers we need this time involve Deputy Dewayne Wood, the female inmate, and the details of what really happened in that car.