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Fmr. Harris County Sheriff's Deputy arrested on sexual assault, sodomy charges

Tommy Pierson (Source: Harris County Jail) Tommy Pierson (Source: Harris County Jail)

HAMILTON, GA (WTVM) – On Friday, May 6, 2016, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrested former a Harris County Sheriff's Office Deputy.

Thomas Carl Pierson, 38, was arrested on one count of sexual assault, one count of sexual battery, one count of aggravated sodomy, one count of false imprisonment and four counts for violation of oath of public officer. All charges are considered as felonies.

The felony charges stem from an incident that happened on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, when Pierson was accused of sexual misconduct by a female during a traffic stop.  On the day of the incident, the sheriff's office learned of the allegation against the former deputy.

Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley contacted the GBI on Monday, Feb. 15 to investigate the matter.  Pierson was terminated prior to any criminal charges being brought against him.  He had been employed at the sheriff's office for approximately sixteen months.

During the course of the investigation, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office conducted an audit of Pierson’s traffic stops that involved females. The sheriff’s office requested any female to report if anything unusual had occurred during their traffic stop with Pierson. As a result, additional females came forward with claims of misconduct by Pierson and were interviewed by GBI agents.

Pierson surrendered himself to GBI agents at the Harris County jail without incident.  Once the investigation is completed, it will be turned over to the district attorney for judicial review.

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