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BREAKING: Sheriff Woolfork Surrenders Firearms

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork tells WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News he turned over his guns to Chief Deputy Tommy Cunningham Friday morning.

Circuit Court Clerk Kathy Blount says Woolfork filed the required affidavit at her office just after 10:30 a.m. Blount says Circuit Court Judge Donald Allen was chosen to hear the case.

"He (Judge Allen) will decide whether he is going to recuse himself or (if) he is going to turn this over to the administrative office of the courts," Blount said.

Judge Phyllis Gardner ordered the Sheriff to surrender all firearms Wednesday, after she granted a year-long order of protection filed by Woolfork’s former mistress Deputy Sharon Sangster.

The hearing lasted nearly six hours, where nine witnesses were called to testify. Both Sangster and Woolfork admitted to a turbulent and sexual relationship, that lasted two years.

A temporary protection order was put in place October 11, after police were called to Sangster's home in west Jackson to investigate an alleged domestic violence incident between the feuding lovers.

The Sheriff's Attorney Mark Donahoe filed the appeal in Madison County General Sessions Court Thursday.

In addition to the order of protection, Sangster's attorney, Deborah Godwin, has filed a complaint with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming her client was sexually harassed by Woolfork during her two years of employment at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

County Commissioners voted to set aside money to hire a law firm out of Nashville to investigate the claim.

No criminal charges have been filed in this case.
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