Deputy fired over molestation charge

A Richmond County sheriff's deputy accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl was fired Wednesday.

Lindon Avery Haworth Jr., 48, of the 700 block of Bennock Mill Road, was dismissed after his arrest on charges of child molestation, Sheriff Ronnie Strength told The Augusta Chronicle .

According to police and court documents, the teenage victim had come to Deputy Haworth's home to watch a movie. While there, the victim said, Deputy Haworth asked her to remove her sweatshirt, then "began kissing the victim and placing his tongue in her mouth," the incident report said.

An investigation into the incident was opened in June 2007. State Court Solicitor Harold Jones said Superior Court Judge Danny Craig, who was district attorney at the time, recused himself, and the case was given to the solicitor's office.

"We were starting from scratch because we basically had to do our own investigation," Mr. Jones said.

Deputy Haworth, an Iraq war veteran, had been suspended without pay since last June. He is scheduled to appear in court for a bond hearing today.

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