Two Walker County deputies arrested, charged in attempted rape case

Two Walker County deputies arrested, charged in attempted rape case

June 19th, 2018 by Tyler Jett in Breaking News
Brandon England

Brandon England

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

This story was updated June 19, 2018, at 8:47 p.m. with information about the deputies' suspension without pay and job status.

Two Walker County deputies were arrested Tuesday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department on charges of aggravated assault, criminal attempt to rape and false imprisonment.

Deputies Brandon England, 40, and Shawn Norris, 36, were told to turn themselves in to jail by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Both were booked without incident.

Shawn Norris

Shawn Norris

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Fort Oglethorpe police have worked a case against the deputies since Sunday, after a woman claimed the men tried to hold her against her will and rape her in a North Georgia apartment. The woman escaped.

The investigation is still active. England and Norris did not have a bond as of Tuesday evening, and Norris' attorney, Larry Stagg, is not sure when they will go before a Catoosa County magistrate.

"We feel like this is a rush to justice, and we're going to fight it," Stagg said.

Stagg did not know all of the specific charges in the case but said the men face counts of attempted rape. They do not have a bond at this time. Stagg is not sure when they will go before a Catoosa County magistrate.

When he learned criminal charges would be filed, Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said he suspended England and Norris without pay. Administrators at the department will decide whether they still have jobs after an internal affairs investigation.

Wilson previously told the Times Free Press that he was informed that the accuser had a consensual relationship with one of the deputies Saturday. Then, that deputy brought the woman to the second deputy's apartment, where the men allegedly tried to rape her. It's not clear how the woman escaped.


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