|Patrick Edward Earwood|
By Kim Jarrett
Cave Spring Police Chief Jerry Ely said he has fired one of his officers after the man’s arrest Monday on sex charges.
Patrick Edward Earwood, 31, of 16 Park St. in Cave Spring, is accused of sexually assaulting two teenage girls while on duty, according to Sgt. Teri Davis of the Floyd County Police Department.
He is charged with aggravated sodomy and aggravated child molestation — both felonies — in relation to incidents involving a girl younger than 16, and misdemeanor sexual battery in relation to incidents involving a 16 year-old girl.
According to the warrants, the incidents happened between January and June of this year.
Earwood, who was on paid administrative leave since last week while police investigated, was fired Monday evening, according to Ely.
Earwood had been employed with the CSPD for about a year and a half and there had been no complaints about him before, Ely said.
The investigation began when someone went to Floyd County Police Chief Bill Shiflett, who turned the investigation over to Davis.
Ely said the incidents happened in the county.
He said when he learned of the allegations he was in shock.
“Any kind of allegation (about an officer) surprises me,” Ely said. “I’m just disappointed.”
Earwood remained in the Floyd County Jail on Monday night and will have a bond hearing this morning.
He is being sequestered at the jail for his own protection. That is the standard procedure when any law enforcement officer is jailed, according to Jerry Duke, a spokesman for the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.
A decision has not been made as to where Earwood would be housed if he is not given or cannot make bond, Duke said.