A former Richmond County Sheriff’s Office investigator accused of sexual assault pled not guilty at a Friday hearing.
In January, a Columbia County Grand Jury indicted David Timothy Dutton for rape, aggravated sexual battery, unlawful surveillance and giving false information. Dutton, 35, of Keene Street in Martinez, pled not guilty to those charges at the arraignment hearing in Evans.
A 27-year-old woman told Columbia County authorities on Nov. 12 that she was looking through Dutton’s phone and found videos of them having sex the previous night, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The woman said she wasn’t aware she had sex or that it was filmed.
The woman said she took her prescription medication and went to sleep and has no recollection of the sexual encounter, according to the report.
Dutton initially told deputies that the woman, dressed in black lingerie, consented. He admitted recording the encounter without her knowledge, according to the report. Dutton erased the videos and pictures after he took the phone back.
Dutton, who was initially suspended from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office pending a review of his case, resigned on Nov. 26, according to Lt. Calvin Chew.
Also at the hearing, four people accused of selling synthetic marijuana pled not guilty to multiple charges.
Young Ju Kim and Hyun Su Kim, owners of Pumpkin Center store, pled not guilty to 17 counts of possession of a counterfeit substance with intent to distribute. On July 5, sheriff’s office investigators found 292 packets synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice or K2, in their store. The couple also had 853 packets at their Evans home.
Synthetic marijuana is a psychoactive designer drug derived of natural herbs sprayed with synthetic chemicals that, when consumed, allegedly mimic the pleasurable effects of cannabis.
Atul Patel, owner of Lewiston Express at 107 Lewiston Road, and his son Kinjalkumar Patel, also pled not guilty to 18 counts of possession of Spice with intent to sell it. On June 21, investigators found 401 packets of suspected Spice in store where the younger Patel worked.