Georgia Republican County Leader Allegedly Sexually Assaulted a Woman Live Over Skype
The Republican Party Chair of Union County in Georgia has been arrested after he was reportedly captured on Skype sexually assaulting a woman.
The North Georgia News reports that 76-year-old Party Chairman Billy Joe Turnage is charged with sexual battery and criminal attempt to commit rape.
Last week, Union County Sherriff Investigator Staff Sgt. Darren Osborn told the North Georgia News that police received a call of an ongoing “assault and rape” of a 39-year-old woman at Turnage’s home.
“October 22, dispatch received a 911 call at approximately 4 pm of what was believed to be an assault and rape,” Osborn told the paper. “It was being viewed via Skype. Deputies responded and I responded as well. Upon our arrival, we started an investigation. The end result was the arrest of Billy Joe Turnage. Mr. Turnage was at the scene when we arrived.”
Osborn said that Turnage attempted to rape the woman but was unable and added that the “victim was not physically injured.”
“Because of the nature of the crimes in question, a Superior Court judge is required for a bond hearing before bail can be set,” Osborn said. “Mr. Turnage will be held in the Union County Jail until such time as that event occurs and he makes bail.”