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Sheriff Woody Escapes Sexual Battery Charges

After investigation, prosecutor says charges won't be filed against C.T. Woody.

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A special prosecutor investigating charges that Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody sexually assaulted a deputy has determined that there's no way to tell fact from myth.

The special prosecutor, Prince William Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Ebert, has decided there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute Woody. That decision followed an investigation by the Virginia State Police, which included interviews with Woody and his female accuser.

News of the allegations against Woody stunned City Hall last week. Woody, who had no challenger this year, won his bid for a second term on Nov. 3.

Woody's accuser, who remains unidentified, is a sergeant with the Sheriff's Office who'd formerly been with the recruiting department. She accused Woody of kissing and fondling her twice after calling her into his office. Though word of the allegations broke Thursday last week, a source close to the jail — a former deputy there — called it “no secret” during the days leading up to Woody's questioning by police.

Woody's spokesman hadn't returned Style Weekly's request for comment by press time. But last week Woody told news media that the charges against him were false.

This isn't Woody's first brush with controversy since taking office four years ago. A spate of lawsuits alleging racial bias were settled during the past two years, with Woody making undisclosed payouts in those cases.

Earlier this year, Style detailed drastic cutbacks in prescription medications being provided to inmates with HIV, AIDS or mental illness, and allegations by former jail medical staff that Woody had sharply curtailed medical services to inmates.

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