GBI probes fired Catoosa County deputy's dealings with girl

GBI probes fired Catoosa County deputy's dealings with girl

March 2nd, 2012 by Joy Lukachick Smith in News

A Catoosa County, Ga., sheriff's deputy who was fired this week is being investigated on whether he broke the law by having a relationship with a juvenile female, authorities said.

Former Deputy Stephen Crossen - a 51/2-year department employee - was fired Wednesday for a policy violation, Sheriff Phil Summers said in a news release.

The sheriff declined to comment on the decision to fire Crossen, saying it was against office policy to comment on personnel matters.

Earlier this week, Lookout Mountain District Attorney Herbert "Buzz" Franklin asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into the relationship the deputy had with a juvenile and whether it was illegal, said Special Agent in Charge Jerry Scott.

At the end of the investigation, the case will be released to Franklin, who will decide whether to file charges, Scott said. But authorities didn't give a timeframe for completion of the investigation.

Crossen couldn't be reached for comment.