Deputy fired over molestation charge

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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.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/26/08 - 04:43 am
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dog = man. Part of growing up

dog = man. Part of growing up is learning to control this natural reaction. 48 is WAY to old for this behavior and the officer is way to stupid to be in a position of authority. The culpability of the 14 year not with standing, Lindon Avery Haworth jr. is stupid!

Trouble
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Trouble 06/26/08 - 04:49 am
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They gave this man a

They gave this man a gun??????

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 06/26/08 - 06:10 am
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This is sad, he's a hero, and

This is sad, he's a hero, and outstanding officer, why did he messed with this litte girl, people like him makes me think men (and some women) his age can't get a REAL woman/man their age. There's nothing good about being molested NOTHING.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 06/26/08 - 06:21 am
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What happened to innocent

What happened to innocent until proven guilty. Who else was in the house? Why would she obey him like a little puppy dog and not just run away? Sounds odd to me. There are a million questions. But if he is guilty, tie him to a stake on a fire ant mound and let them feast for a few months. We can do time-lapse photography and send in the video to National Geographic, or CSI or something.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 06/26/08 - 06:28 am
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Where are the innocent until

Where are the innocent until proven guilty crowd this morning? If this did take place, I believe that he should be checked to see IF he his war service played a part in this. Before the sharks start swimming the keyword is IF.

i.b.e.w..electric
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i.b.e.w..electric 06/26/08 - 06:31 am
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i agree with with bizarro

i agree with with bizarro ,this man has already been presumed guilty by word of mouth.are we to believe a 14 yr old just did what he said with no arguement ,i think shes old enough to know something is not right here and run away from it .but like bizarro said ,if he is actually guilty fire ants would be to good for him .

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 06/26/08 - 06:37 am
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First of all she should have

First of all she should have never been at his house to watch a movie with that OVER GROWN man, at 14 where was her mom, who else was in the house, where was his wife, and kids? I wonder has he ever arrested or processed a molester when they came to 401, isn't there a certain type of conversation that goes on when this happens between officers? Nowadays you can't let your children of any age do that even with family as you don't know who is a perv.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 06/26/08 - 06:38 am
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again another fine line

again another fine line between fact and fiction...young girls can and have destroyed mens lives with false accusations..........men can and have destroyed young girls lives by molestation...getting to the truth is going to be tough.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 06/26/08 - 06:53 am
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Well I'm trying to stir up a

Well I'm trying to stir up a hornets nest over at the Child prostitute article so give it a read and weigh in with your thoughts. Oh,ah,ah,ah. I've got to run some errands but I'll be back for the fun.

426Hemi
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426Hemi 06/26/08 - 07:08 am
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Her word against his. Recall

Her word against his. Recall the Salem Witch trials where a group of girls bamboozled the entire town into thinking they were the victims? In this day and age you are presumed guilty, until proven innocent. The loss of his job proves just that.

aftbrn
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aftbrn 06/26/08 - 07:41 am
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Why would a 14 year old girl

Why would a 14 year old girl let a 48 year old man stick his tongue in her mouth. Something just doesn't smell right with this story unless she's some modern day Lolita. At 14 this girl should know right from wrong, if not someone did a really poor job of raising her. As for the cop, why would he put himself in this position? Again, something just doesn't smell right with this story.

standtall
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standtall 06/26/08 - 07:44 am
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I had a close personal friend

I had a close personal friend who was accused of molestation by his 16 year old daughter who lived with her mother and stepfather. My friend and his family went through a year of hell, but he was eventually found innocent of all charges. Thank the good Lord for that outcome. His daughter was clearly lying, but the DSS and district attorney prosecuted anyway. Their policy is to accept the word of children over that of adults without applying common sense to the circumstances. Guilty until proven innocent is the state's philosophy, and it's wrong, wrong, wrong.

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 06/26/08 - 07:50 am
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Well they HAVE spent a year

Well they HAVE spent a year investigating this case and they DID bring charges, so there has to be some evidence that the incident did take place; however, the innocent until proven guilty still works because he is just that, innocent until proven guilty. As for blaming his service, where in the world did THAT come from? The sheriff's department has done its duty in firing the man, not taking any chances. If his guilt cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt (that IS the way it works, the prosecution has to prove guilt, the defense does NOT have to prove innocence), then chances are that he can regain his job if he wants. Meanwhile, until trial everything is in limbo.

christian134
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christian134 06/26/08 - 07:51 am
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The problem is

The problem is multifaceted...First this 48 year old man should have never allowed this child into his home. In doing so he lets everyone know that he is a pedophile in his heart, if this is the first time, taking the opportunity at hand to fulfill his fantasy...Secondly this is what happens when a country government doesn't do a complete background on all it's officers because of the lack of funds and also because of the lack of proper pay scale and benefits they are forced to overlook some folks since the vast majority of personnel have been forced to leave Richmond County due to poor pay...Furthermore his story and the girls story needs to be fully investigated...Questions need to be answered such as how is the girl doing, where were the parents and what was she doing in the house to begin with....But no matter what the girl was doing the man had no business allowing her into the house and absolutely no business putting his hands and mouth anywhere near the child....

WAG
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WAG 06/26/08 - 07:59 am
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Here yall go blaming the

Here yall go blaming the child. Makes no difference what went on. He is the adult.....This is why kids don't tell. Because of people like you that blames the child!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nothing this child did said or wore warrants this grown man kissing her.......The child has no culpability.......

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 06/26/08 - 08:10 am
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Yep- sounds like all the
Unpublished

Yep- sounds like all the "Christians" are out today.... Perhaps all of you need to keep your mouths shut and let the courts do their job. If he's guilty- then hopefully they'll prove it.... if he's not then hopefully he will gain credibility again.

neversurprised
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neversurprised 06/26/08 - 08:16 am
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Ranger no matter what you say

Ranger no matter what you say or think, she should not have been at his house period!!

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 06/26/08 - 08:16 am
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In this judicial circuit you

In this judicial circuit you are guilty until proven innocent and are treated that way. It's a good old boy system. The Judges and lawyers play golf together, party together and don't care about anyone else but themselves and their cronies.

1941
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1941 06/26/08 - 08:19 am
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Some of you are sounding down

Some of you are sounding down right stupid this morning!!!Why is it that at fourteen she should have known better? That is the reason that we as parents are responsable until they are eighteen.Why do fourteen year olds need a work permit? Why can;t they have a licsence at fourteen? Why can;t they get married at fourteen? Why can;t they go to war at fourteen?Why can;t they smoke at fourteen[legaly]. On the other hand ,the grown azz man. the deputy, the forty-eight year old,Under no circumstances should he have had her in his home.GUILTY AS CHARGED!!!!!!! FOR STUPIDITY!!!!!!!!

butterflygina
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butterflygina 06/26/08 - 08:28 am
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He sure was getting paid for

He sure was getting paid for not working for a very long time. This is sick. He kissed more than lips if her sweatshirt was off.

arw
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arw 06/26/08 - 08:41 am
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the man and the girl are both

the man and the girl are both stupid
He's 48 and she's 14, he didn't need to invite her over into his home and she did not need to go over there. Why would a young girl go over to a grown man's house? and when he asked her to take her sweater off why did she and why did he ask? When he started making moves on her did she try to push him off and leave? Its seems too much like a story I've heard before with an older guy and younger girl, the girl did stuff with the older guy her parents found out about it and she said it was rape...
but hey maybe he did do it, i just hope they find out who's lying about what.

Rose
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Rose 06/26/08 - 08:43 am
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Sex crime victims are not

Sex crime victims are not identified, so we don't know why she was at his house. Maybe they were related somehow. As for her letting him kiss her, she could have been afraid of what he might do if she did not do what he told her to do. He was a cop with a gun. I am not saying he is guilty, but he could be.

marie21
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marie21 06/26/08 - 08:52 am
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First of all, her mother

First of all, her mother should have never let her go over there alone with him. Secondly, he should not have let her in the door alone.

1941
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1941 06/26/08 - 09:00 am
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YOU ARE MISSING THE

YOU ARE MISSING THE POINT!!!!! 48 -14 48-14 48-14 48-14 48-14 48-14!!!!! Come on,how in the hell can onyone even try and compare the reasons why ,where when what ever !!!!!! He was a cop, He was 48 years old. He was the adult she was the child. Put your self in his place men, reallywas he right? Women what if it was your daughter, sister. cousin, . Better yet MEN, what if it was your daughter, grandaughter? If it had been mine I would have had to call out the dawgs in the still of the night!!!! Get my drift!!!!!!!!!!

Galan Lewis
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Galan Lewis 06/26/08 - 09:02 am
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amen, marie21. I was

amen, marie21. I was wondering the whole time, what in the world was this mother thinkning of allowing her 14 yr old daughter go over to a grown 48 yr old man's house? The only thing that I could think of is if she sneaked out of the house without her knowing. But then why would she have gone to his house? And WHY would a grown man allow a child into his house without another person there? Seems fishy to me.

sunnysmiles11
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sunnysmiles11 06/26/08 - 09:02 am
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A fourteen year old child is

A fourteen year old child is not responsible.. no way.. the old man knew better.. you cannot blame a child for doing as she is told, a lot of parents teach their children to listen to adults.. even if the girl wanted this attention (which is sick at that age - shows there is something lacking at home - like maybe a father) she is still a child.. he's a grown man - it is his responsibility to tell himself his desires are inappropriate. Children's brains are not finished developing yet - I believe the study says age 21. we don't know for sure what happened yet.. but the preliminary evidence would have to be pretty strong for the sheriff to fire this deputy. They don't want a lawsuit.

Galan Lewis
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Galan Lewis 06/26/08 - 09:04 am
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sawwhat! I hear you, but

sawwhat! I hear you, but first and fore most, I do have a daughter myself, and I guarantee you 100% my daughter would not have gone over to a 48 year old man's house. I raised her better than that, especially without someone else being there. I guess it's how you were raised.

sunnysmiles11
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sunnysmiles11 06/26/08 - 09:05 am
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This kid can't help the home

This kid can't help the home she is from or be held responsible for the lack of supervision she is receiving.. her behavior is obvious acting out.. she is not to blame for this occurring period..

Galan Lewis
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Galan Lewis 06/26/08 - 09:09 am
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sunny, I was not blaming the

sunny, I was not blaming the child, I was blaming the lack of supervision of her parents, and the 48 year old man. The parents should not have allowed her to go over to his house, and he should not have allowed her inside without someone else being there.

sunnysmiles11
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sunnysmiles11 06/26/08 - 09:17 am
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Princess, my post was not

Princess, my post was not directed to anyone in particular, by the time I finished my post and refreshed then your post was up.. I had not seen it until then..

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