Sheriff Woolfork Arrested on Felony Charge

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Jackson, Tenn.--Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork was indicted Monday, after accusations of domestic assault. Woolfork faces charges of felony criminal attempt to commit aggravated sexual battery and misdemeanor domestic assault.

Sheriff Woolfork turned himself into the Chester County Jail Monday afternoon, after being indicted by the Madison County grand jury, according to Sheriff Blair Weaver.

The arrest stems from an alleged domestic disturbance at Woolfork’s former mistress, Deputy Sharon Sangster’s home Oct. 10.

Sheriff Woolfork was forced to surrender his weapons, after a Judge granted Sangster’s order of protection against him Oct. 23.

Woolfork has since filed an appeal. The hearing is scheduled for Dec. 11.

Since the incident, two female Madison County Sheriff’s employees, Deputy Sangster and Lt. Lisa Balderrama, have filed sexual harassment complaints against Woolfork, according to court documents.

Last month Madison County Commissioners say they will put ouster proceedings into motion, after Sheriff Woolfork did not resign upon their request.

According to a report from an independent investigation performed by Dickinson Wright Law firm out of Nashville, Sheriff Woolfork's actions towards Deputy Sangster and Lt. Balderrama did in fact violate the county's sexual harassment policy. The firm recommended that Sheriff Woolfork be fired.

Woolfork says he will make a statement to the media Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.


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