Deputy arrested in rape investigation

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December 5, 2006

After months of uncertainty in an ongoing investigation, Warren County Deputy Dewayne Wood now faces charges for sexually assaulting an inmate back in Augusta.

A female inmate accused the deputy of raping her while she was being transported to the McDuffie County Jail on the night of August 10.

During the initial GBI investigation, Sheriff Joe Peebles said there was not enough evidence to prove the allegations; therefore, Wood was not terminated from his position.

But today GBI investigators announced in a news conference that there was enough scientific evidence to issue an arrest warrant.

Deputy Wood was taken to the Richmond County Jail instead of McDuffie County's, because authorities feared for the deputy's safety.

Most of the people in Warren County we talked to said they were shocked to hear the news, but some felt the deputy should have been put on administrative leave as soon as the allegations were made.

Wood was also charged with possession of a prescription drug with intent to distribute. That drug was phentermine, a diet pill.

District Attorney Danny Craig told News 12 that the Toombs Judicial Circuit DA Dennis Sanders recused himself from prosecuting the case because he is a witness.

The grand jury will meet on January 22.