Jury deliberating in trial of former Harris County Sheriff’s dep - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Jury deliberating in trial of former Harris County Sheriff’s deputy

(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM) (Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM) (Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM) (Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -

The fate of former Harris County Sheriff’s deputy is now left in the hands of a 12 member jury.

Thomas Pierson faces 12 charges for being accused sexual misconduct by a female during a traffic stop and stalking by two others.

After hearing closing arguments, the jury began deliberating around 2:45 p.m. ET.

Deliberations lasted for about 4 hours Tuesday afternoon but did not reach a verdict.

Attorneys spent the morning presenting closing arguments, their last attempt at arguing the case.

Defense spending the allotted time discrediting the victim and arguing that the alleged sexual act was consensual.

“Having sex on the job is a violation of Sheriff’s office policy, but it is not necessarily a violation of the law. That is a big distinction to make here,” said Defense attorney, Bernard Brody during his closing.

Assistant District attorney, Sheneka Jones saying consent is not a defense or even an excuse. Prosecutors say Pierson used his role of authority as an officer to intimidate women and force sexual acts.

“Absolute power says you have a young girl, she looks good, she’s talking to you, and you don’t want it to end. Absolute power says it doesn’t end,” said Jones.

Brody says this trial is all about credibility, posing the question to the jury, “Who do you believe?”

The fate of former Harris County Sheriff’s left to the jury, he can face a possibility of life in prison if found guilty of the aggravated sodomy charge.

FULL LIST OF CHARGES:

  • Aggravated sodomy
  • Two counts of sexual assault on a person in custody
  • Sexual battery
  • False imprisonment
  • Tampering with evidence
  • Four counts of violation of oath by a public officer
  • Two counts of stalking

Deliberations will begin Wednesday morning at 9.

Follow News Leader 9's Sharifa Jackson on Twitter for the latest updates on this trial.

Copyright 2017 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, download the WTVM app here.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • SC dentist has ladies flocking for teeth cleanings after 'In My Fillings' challenge

    SC dentist has ladies flocking for teeth cleanings after 'In My Fillings' challenge

    Friday, July 20 2018 1:53 PM EDT2018-07-20 17:53:18 GMT
    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)
    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)

    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately.  

    More >>

    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately.  

    More >>
  • Officials release Branson boat tragedy victims' names

    Officials release Branson boat tragedy victims' names

    Saturday, July 21 2018 12:17 PM EDT2018-07-21 16:17:14 GMT
    Gov. Parson and emergency response officials will gave a news briefing on the Table Rock Lake recovery efforts. (Source: KFVS)Gov. Parson and emergency response officials will gave a news briefing on the Table Rock Lake recovery efforts. (Source: KFVS)

    The four missing bodies were found on Friday morning, July 20, bringing the total death toll to 17 after a duck boat capsized on Table Rock Lake.

    More >>

    The four missing bodies were found on Friday morning, July 20, bringing the total death toll to 17 after a duck boat capsized on Table Rock Lake.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly