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WSCO deputy fired, indicted

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Civil process server from Watertown
LEBANON -- A veteran employee of the Wilson County Sheriff's Office has been terminated and faces charges following his indictment by the Wilson County District Attorney's Office.

Joseph R. "Joey" Patton, 45, of Watertown who was a civil service process server prior to his termination Sept. 8, is charged with ten counts of Aggravated Sexual

Battery by an Authority Figure and ten counts of Especially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor involving a 16-year-old.

These charges stem from alleged incidents that occurred in late 2015 at former Deputy Patton's residence when he was off duty.

On Sept. 12, the former deputy was arrested on indictment without incident.

He has a $45,000 bond with conditions. The initial arrangement date has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 7.

Patton had been with the Wilson County Sheriff's Office for 24 years prior to being terminated.

"Once the allegations were reported, a criminal investigation was conducted with the assistance of the District Attorney's Office and presented to the Wilson County Grand Jury who returned with the indictments," said Sheriff Robert Bryan.

"We take all allegations against our personnel seriously, and we acted swiftly to thoroughly investigate and prosecute this complaint."

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