Sheriff: Sex assault deputy suspended

January 2, 2009 12:31:41 PM PST
The Warren County sheriff's deputy accused of assaulting women in Raleigh department stores has been suspended from his job. Cornelius Orlando Davis, 40, is on unpaid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams told Eyewitness News that he cannot comment on a personnel issue. He did confirm that Davis has been with his department for 28 months.

Raleigh police spokesperson Jim Sughrue reported Thursday that Davis was charged with two counts of sexual battery stemming from incidents at two stores.

Detectives and store security at the Brier Creek Wal-Mart store on Glennwood Avenue, and the Kohl's store on Alexander Promenade, say Davis walked up to women in the stores and rubbed his genitals on them.

The first time it happened was back in May, but Davis was not identified. He was arrested inside the Wal-Mart this week.

Davis was released on bond Thursday. He wouldn't speak to the media, but his brother told Eyewitness News in an exclusive interview that he didn’t do it.

"I know my brother's innocent. There's been no wrongdoing. We have a tight knit family and we're going to work through it," offered Torrance Davis.


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