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Georgia GOP Chairman Broadcasts Himself Attempting to Rape Woman Via Skype

A Georgia county GOP leader proudly posed with Republican Senate candidate David Perdue recently. Now, Billy Joe Turnage is better known for another photo, his mugshot.

On October 22, the Union County GOP chairman was arrested after a bizarre incident where the 76-year-old attempted to sexually assault a woman in her home, all while capturing the whole thing on Skype.

According to the Union County Sheriff Investigator Darren Osborn, “dispatch received a 911 call at approximately 4 p.m. of what was believed to be an assault and rape. It was being viewed via Skype. Deputies responded and I responded as well.”

When they arrived, Turnage was still at the scene as well as his victim. The 39-year-old woman was not physically injured in the assault, according to Osborn.

After two days of interviews, Turnage was ultimately charged for aggravated sexual battery and attempt to commit rape, charges that will be hard to dispute considering he somehow broadcast the whole thing to the web. He is currently being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

It is unclear at this time why Turnage ended up broadcasting his crime via Skype, although Richard Rowe of AATTP suggested that “the answers will undoubtedly prove an interesting insight into the mind and methodologies of a Georgia Republican.”

Despite the severity of the accusations, for the time being at least, his fellow Republicans are saying very little about the GOP chair or his crimes.

Ryan Mahoney, of the Georgia State GOP told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that they had not yet received an official notice of Turnage’s status with the Union County GOP, but that if Turnage was removed from office, it would come from the county level.

The Union County GOP Facebook page, that once displayed Turnage’s photo next to Perdue, has been removed from the site, but representatives have not issued a public statement.

Perdue, the GOP candidate caught grinning with Turnage on the now-removed page, is also remaining mum.

Photo Credit: Police File Photo

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