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Balthrop Found Not Guilty

A Stephens County jury takes less than an hour to find a former sheriff's deputy not guilty of all 5 counts against him.
     A Stephens County jury takes less than an hour to find a former sheriff's deputy not guilty of all 5 counts against him. Brandon Balthrop was facing two counts of second degree Rape, two counts of sexual battery, and one count of kidnapping.
    The alleged incidents happened while Balthrop was a deputy with the Stephens County Sheriff's Office back in 2010, and on duty.
      Balthrop and his family broke out in tears as each count was read and then followed by the not guilty verdict. Once the case was over, Balthrop's attorney was finally able to explain the legal matter that happened last Tuesday.
        Defense attorney Jim Kee said one of the four alleged victims admitted to the OSBI she'd lied about her allegations and that she was in it for the money. All four women have filed a civil suit in federal court of $10 million each.
    "Because of the gag order we were unable to say anything about it, but the gag order is over we are extremely happy with the verdict in 40 minutes of three different women and 5 counts," said Kee.
    "To lie about details that didn't happen just to get money it's scary that people would do that that a human life is not important to them," said Balthrop.
    Balthrop says despite Tuesday's verdict, he will not return to law enforcement of any kind. He says his goal is to be home with his family and get his life back in order.
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