SANDERSVILLE, Ga. — Hunter Yaughn, who worked as a deputy with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, finds himself on the other side of the law and out of a job following his arrest on criminal charges.
Washington County Interim Sheriff Mark McGraw confirmed Wednesday afternoon in a telephone interview with The Union-Recorder that he had terminated Yaughn, who worked for the sheriff’s office as a deputy with the rank of corporal.
McGraw, who assumed his new role with the sheriff’s office following the death earlier this year of longtime Sheriff Thomas H. Smith, said Yaughn has been arrested and charged with the following offenses: aggravated assault, terroristic threats and acts, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and violation of oath of office.
In a press release, McGraw said his office received allegations of misconduct by one of his deputies on Sept. 23.
“Due to the severity of the allegations and being that it involved one our deputies, I immediately contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for further assistance into the matter,” McGraw said in the press release. “Through their investigation, it was determined that probable cause existed to arrest Corporal Hunter Yaughn.”
The arrest led to Yaughn’s immediate dismissal from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
The case is related to domestic violence involving more than one victim, McGraw said.
McGraw said via press release that the sheriff’s office takes domestic violence cases seriously.
“I urge you to speak out,” McGraw said. “We will listen; we will act; and those responsible will be held accountable. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office takes all domestic violence cases very seriously. We will conduct a thorough and complete investigation into these matters. No one is above the law.”
McGraw declined to answer further questions related to the investigation or Yaughn’s termination, referring anything else to the GBI Office in Eastman or the Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office in Swainsboro.