Newton County deputy charged with rape while on patrol, GBI says
ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested and charged a Newton County deputy with rape, sexual assault, and violation of oath.
Deputy George Rahming, 38, reportedly raped a woman while he was on patrol, according to a GBI statement. The woman was not in custody. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to investigate on July 10 after the woman reported the incident to the sheriff’s office.
According to an incident report, the attack happened in the early morning hours of July 8 near Highway 162 and Brown Bridge Rd. The victim told investigators she was walking in the area when she noticed a patrol car circle back several times.
The report reveals Rahming offered to take the 36-year-old woman home, but he first stopped at a nearby gas station for snacks before driving to the back of Veterans Memorial Middle School. It’s in the woods behind the school the victim told investigators Rahming raped her.
The victim also claimed she saw two other patrol cars pull into the back of the school but “they turned around and took off.”
Atlanta News First went to Rahming’s neighborhood but no one answered the door at his house. However, a neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation, said she help Rahming get his job at the sheriff’s office.
“The police department came around, knock on a few of our doors, and asked if we knew him,” she said full of emotions. “I said they just moved in, but they seemed cool. My daughter played with his daughter like I said. There was nothing really alarming because they just met.”
Rahming, who worked for the sheriff’s office for two years, was fired and is currently in custody.
On Friday, Rahming had his first court appearance. He was denied bond and is remaining in custody, waiting for his next court appearance.
The investigation is ongoing. The GBI asks anyone with information to call the regional investigative office in Conyers at (770) 388-5019. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), clicking this link or downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.
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