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Randolph County deputy arrested on charges relating to reported assault

Deputy arrested, on leave following allegations of sexual assault

CUTHBERT — A sheriff’s deputy in Randolph County is on administrative leave following his arrest after a woman reported that the deputy assaulted her while on duty.

On Friday, Randolph County Sheriff Eddie Fairbanks requested that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation assist with investigating allegations involving Deputy Derrell Anthony Gilbert Sr. Allegations were made that Gilbert assaulted a female while he was on duty, and officials with the GBI office in Sylvester said he was was subsequently arrested on charges of violation of oath of office, simple battery and false statements to law enforcement. Following his arrest, Gilbert was booked into the Randolph County jail.

The alleged victim told The Albany Herald Monday that Gilbert forced her to touch his genitals. She complained and the case was investigated by the GBI. She said she wanted sexual battery charges filed, but the GBI filed other charges.

Officials with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that Gilbert is on administrative leave pending the investigation.