A Catoosa County deputy has been fired for having relations with a juvenile girl.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the matter, did not return phone calls seeking more information.
District attorney Herbert "Buzz" Franklin said the deputy had a relationship with a juvenile female.
"Subsequent to the completion of the investigation the case ... a decision will be made as to whether or not charges will be filed," the district attorney said. "(GBI) special agent James Harris is the case agent for the investigation."
“Deputy Stephen Crossen was terminated yesterday for violating departmental policy,” sheriff Phil Summers said in a news release Thursday. “Mr. Crossen has been employed by the Sheriff’s Office for approximately 5½ years.
“Apparently misinformation has been provided to news sources and I felt it was important to correct this information,” the sheriff said. “Mr. Crossen was not arrested and to my knowledge, an arrest is not imminent.
“It has been the long standing policy of this administration that comments in regards to personnel matters are not discussed by this agency. In the event of a criminal allegation, the policy of the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office is that an outside independent agency will be requested to investigate. Any other inquiries should be made to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in regards to Mr. Crossen.”
In October a Walker County deputy was forced to resign after an internal investigation revealed he had sexual relations with a 16-year-old and engaged in other inappropriate conduct that violated sheriff’s office policy.