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Judge Appointed In Lawsuit Against Sheriff

Judge Appointed In Lawsuit Against Sheriff

CREATED Jan 11, 2014

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - A judge has been appointed to preside over a lawsuit filed against Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork.

Tennessee Senior Judge Don R. Ash was appointed Friday to handle a misconduct lawsuit seeking to remove Woolfork from office.

The County Commission asked County Attorney Steve Maroney to sue after two women who work for the sheriff's office accused Woolfork of sexual harassment. Woolfork was indicted Dec. 2 on attempted aggravated sexual battery and domestic assault charges related to a domestic complaint filed by one of the women.

Woolfork and his attorney, Mark Donahoe, have denied the allegations. Woolfork has pleaded not guilty in the criminal case.

Madison County Chancery Judge James Butler earlier recused himself from the suit.

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