(Updated) Deputy indicted for sexual assault of inmate PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 20 December 2013 11:16
File photo. A view inside of the Wood County Justice Center.

A Wood County Sheriff’s deputy has been indicted with one count of sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition.
According to the indictment, Dusty G. Garwood, 50, Bradner, is alleged to have engaged in sexual activity with a female inmate.

Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said this morning that Garwood, who has been on staff since 1997, had resigned several months ago. Garwood regularly transported inmates to and from the Wood County Courthouse.
According to Paul Dobson, the Wood County prosecutor, who is personally taking the lead in this case, the two GSI counts are charged in the alternative, allowing the court or a jury to decide which statute is more appropriate. The sexual battery charge alleges actual intercourse with the same victim.
Dobson said the inmate was not physically in the jail at the time, but had been released and was on electronic home monitoring at the time as her criminal case was ongoing.

The prosecutor says Garwood is alleged to have had sexual contact with the female who is in her late 20s.
“He is alleged to have engaged in the sexual conduct by force or threat of force in the one count,” Dobson said.
He added the other count alleges her ability to resist was impaired by a physical condition — that being an inmate in custody.
“Because she was in custody, she was thus unable to resist,” he added.
The sexual battery charge is based actual intercourse alleged with the victim while he had supervisory or disciplinary control of her, that being his position as a deputy and her being on home monitoring.
The sexual battery is a third-degree felony; while the sexual imposition charges are fourth-degree offenses. The battery charge is alleged to have occurred between April 12 and June 24. The imposition counts are alleged to have occurred on or about April 8-12.
His case has been assigned to Judge Robert Pollex.


Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 14:52

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