Randall County Correction officer fired after sex charge

A Randall County corrections officer has been fired following his arrest on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault.

Police allege Derrick DeWayne White, 31, is the man responsible for assaulting an acquaintance last weekend.

Randall County Sheriff Joel Richardson said White was a supervisor for the corrections division of the sheriff’s office. He had been in that position since October and been with the sheriff’s office since December 2003, Richardson said.

“He was relieved of his duties with us. It’s an unfortunate incident for law enforcement, but you can’t expect to be given special treatment because you wear a badge,” said Richardson, who declined further comment on White’s dismissal.

A criminal complaint was filed Tuesday against White, an Amarillo resident. The charge stems from an incident Saturday, Amarillo police Cpl. Jerry Neufeld said. “We were given an anonymous tip,” he said.

Police then spoke with the alleged victim, who provided officers with her account of the incident.

Police believe White used a pistol during the assault, Neufeld said.

White bonded out of jail Tuesday, according to jail records.

Neufeld said the investigation is ongoing.

source: http://www.amarillo.com/stories/070208/new_10684325.shtml

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