Houston County sheriff’s deputy on indefinite suspension without pay

A Houston County sheriff’s deputy has been suspended indefinitely without pay pending the resolution of a sexual battery charge against him, the sheriff said.

Cpl. Sean Alexander, 35, a traffic investigator, was placed immediately on administrative leave with pay Wednesday after turning himself in on a misdemeanor sexual battery charge, Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton said. Alexander is free on a $2,500 bond.

The decision was made Friday for Alexander to remain on indefinite leave until the disposition of the charge against him, Talton said.

The sheriff said the suspension without pay was to be consistent with past cases involving Houston County sheriff’s deputies who have been under investigation or charged with a crime.

Peach County Magistrate Judge Larry Lee issued the warrant following a hearing Tuesday in Houston County Magistrate Court.

Alexander says he is not guilty and that the Sept. 5 incident at the Edge Fitness Center at 402 Ga. 247 was consensual.

Warner Robins police investigated a 911 call of a woman being sexually assaulted by an off-duty officer and turned the matter over to Magistrate Court after conflicting statements between the woman and the officer, said Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police.

The accusation apparently involved alleged kissing and touching in a tanning room of the facility.

State Court Solicitor General Robert Tawse, whose office handles prosecution of misdemeanor crimes, could not be reached for comment Friday.