Deputy on leave after sexual battery charge

A Houston County sheriff’s deputy was placed on administrative leave with pay Wednesday after turning himself in on a misdemeanor sexual battery charge, the sheriff said.

Cpl. Sean Alexander, 35, a traffic investigator, was free on a $2,500 bond, Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton said.

Talton said he expects to meet with County Attorney Mike Long this week to review the incident. Talton said he expects to make a decision Friday on Alexander’s employment status after 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.

Talton said he understood that the accusation involved alleged kissing and touching in a tanning room of the facility.