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Kemp suspends Rabun County sheriff after sexual battery accusation

This comes after Chad Nichols entered court on May 31 on charges of sexual battery and public indecency

RABUN COUNTY, GA – Editor’s note: The video above is from a previous report on this story.

Rabun County Sheriff Chad Nichols has been suspended by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp after he issued an executive order on Friday.

This happened after Nichols surrendered to police on May 31 on charges of sexual battery and indecency in a public place.

Last week, Kemp appointed a commission to investigate his arrest – a group that included Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley and Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum. The commission had 30 days to prepare a report explaining why it recommended Nichols’ suspension.

On Friday, the commission presented Kemp with a recommendation to suspend Nichols. Kemp suspended Nichols for 60 days, effective immediately.

His $32,500 bail is conditional on his being barred from engaging in any law enforcement activities as sheriff, but he is currently running for re-election and faces a runoff next week.

“This person needs to have his day in court, but obviously there was probable cause to arrest him. That is why we are taking action on this matter at this stage,” J. Terry Norris, executive director of the Georgia Sheriffs Association, previously said of the investigation. “It erodes the public’s confidence in law enforcement in general and the sheriff’s office in particular. There is yet another decline in public confidence in our profession.”

Nichols has worked at the Sheriff’s Office since 1998.