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A Stone County Sheriff's Deputy was arrested in Augusta,Georgia today and charged with misdemeanor sexual battery.

Lucian James Nevatt, 24, Nixa, was on leave for his annual Army Reserve training when he allegedly attempted to force himself on a woman in the bathroom of a bar.

Court documents filed with the charges say that the victim says she told Nevatt that she wouldn't have sex with him in a bathroom and that he should take her home. She also told Nevatt that she liked to be handcuffed and it was illegal to have sex in a bathroom. She told the detective that Nevatt replied that it was okay (to have sex in a bathroom) because Nevatt is a police officer.

Nevatt, who has been employed by Stone County since May of 2007, has been placed on unpaid leave while investigation into the incident continues.

Stone County Sheriff Richard Hill says he has notified the Peace Officers Standards and Training program in Jefferson City. P.O.S.T. is the office that issues officer certification in Missouri. They will also investigate the alleged charges against Nevatt and could possibly revoke his commission.

Hill says that Richmond County Sheriff's deputies will transfer Nevatt to the custody of the U.S. Army, which will then return him to Missouri.

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