By: Laura-Jane Hatcher & Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
A Cave Spring law enforcement officer accused of molesting a female child over the course of 18 months has been fired from his position with the police department.
Cave Spring Police Chief Jerry Ely says Patrick Edward Earwood, age 31, was dismissed from his job Monday on the grounds he violated city policy by allowing unauthorized personnel in his police vehicle. Ely would not confirm whether the person allowed inside the vehicle was the victim in the child molestation case and refereed questions about Earwood’s criminal investigation to Floyd County Police.
On Monday Earwood was arrested and charged with several felonies including Sodomy, Aggravated Child Molestation and Sexual Battery for his alleged crimes against a female child under the age of 16. Police claim the abuse began in January 2012 and did not stop until last month.
Chief Ely declined further comment on the case.
A Cave Spring Police Officer has been arrested and charged with multiple child sex crimes.
According to Floyd County Jail records, 31-year-old Patrick Edward Earwood of Park St. was taken into custody at the Cave Spring Police Department Monday afternoon and charged with Aggravated Child Molestation, Sexual Battery and Sodomy. Between January 2012 and June 24th of this year, authorities allege Earwood forced a girl under the age of 16 to perform oral sex on him. He is also accused of fondling the underage girl.
Cave Spring Police Chief Jerry Ely was not readily available for comment about Earwood’s employment status.