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Former Madison County Sheriff Acquitted On Assault Charges

Former Madison County Sheriff Acquitted On Assault Charges

CREATED May 30, 2014

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - A jury has acquitted a former West Tennessee sheriff of assault charges involving one of his deputies.

Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork was arrested in December after being indicted on charges of attempted aggravated sexual battery and other counts. A female deputy had accused him of sexually assaulting her at her home.

Woolfork denied the charges and said they were motivated by politics and money.

The Jackson Sun reported jurors deliberated for about two hours on Thursday before reaching their decision.

Woolfork retired as sheriff earlier this year after county officials tried to remove him from office because of alleged misconduct.

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