Rabun County Sheriff Chad Nichols

Scandal Rocks Georgia’s Law Enforcement After County Sheriff Charged With Sexual Battery

Rabun County Sheriff Chad Nichols
Rabun County Sheriff Chad Nichols

The state of Georgia has found itself at the center of a troubling scandal after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrested Rabun County Sheriff Chad Nichols on charges of public indecency, sexual battery, and violation of oath by a public officer.

According to the GBI, the investigation into Sheriff Nichols was launched on May 24, 2024, at the request of the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney.

The details of the alleged incident have not been publicly disclosed, but the charges against Nichols are serious, including public indecency and sexual battery – a clear violation of the public’s trust.

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Nichols, a 45-year-old resident of Clayton, Georgia, turned himself in and was booked into the Rabun County Detention Center on Friday, May 31, 2024.

The GBI has stated that the investigation is ongoing, and once completed, the case file will be handed over to the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney for prosecution.

In the wake of Nichols’ arrest, the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office has undergone a significant leadership change. Major Beth Darnell, a 14-year veteran of the department, has been named the acting sheriff, taking charge of the office’s operations during this tumultuous time, Rabun County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

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The Georgia Sheriffs’ Association has also taken action, sending a letter to Governor Brian Kemp requesting the formation of a panel to investigate the potential wrongdoing and recommend Nichols’ status to the governor.

The charges against Sheriff Nichols carry serious consequences, both professionally and personally. If convicted, he could face a significant prison sentence and the revocation of his law enforcement certification by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST).

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