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Correction: Police Officer-Sexual Assault story

August 24, 2018

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) — In a story Aug. 23 about an officer accused of sex assault, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the teenager’s attorney, Thomas Reynolds, said East Point Sgt. Richard Gooddine took the girl to his apartment. Reynolds said Gooddine took the girl to an apartment complex.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Officer accused of sexually assaulting teen who broke curfew

A Georgia police officer accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl while on duty has been fired

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia police officer accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl while on duty has been fired.

News outlets report East Point Sgt. Richard Gooddine was fired Wednesday and is under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Police Chief Tommy Gardner says an internal investigation found Gooddine violated department policies.

The teenager’s attorney, Thomas Reynolds, says Gooddine detained the girl Sunday night for violating curfew.

Reynolds says Gooddine then drove the girl around for hours and sexually assaulted her at an apartment complex before driving her home. It’s unclear if Gooddine has a lawyer.

The GBI previously investigated Gooddine over a 2011 sexual assault allegation involving a minor. The case wasn’t prosecuted. Fulton County D.A. Public Affairs Director Chris Hopper has said the office was concerned about traumatizing the victim in that case.

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