Former Richmond County sheriff's investigator indicted on rape charge

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A former Richmond County sheriff’s investigator accused of sexual assault in November has been indicted on a rape charge.

A Columbia County grand jury indicted David Timothy Dutton, of Keene Street in Martinez, on charges of rape, aggravated sexual battery, unlawful surveillance and giving false information, according to records released Thursday.

A 27-year-old woman told Columbia County authorities Nov. 12 that she was looking through Dutton’s phone and found videos of them having sex the previous night, according to a sheriff’s report. The woman said she wasn’t aware she had sex or that it was filmed. She said she had taken her prescription medication and gone to sleep and has no recollection of the sexual encounter, according to the report.

At first, Dutton told deputies the woman consented. He admitted recording the encounter without her knowledge, according to the report. Dutton erased the videos and pictures after he took the phone back.

Dutton, who was suspended from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office pending a review of his case, resigned Nov. 26, according to Lt. Calvin Chew.

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