A Pike County deputy sheriff has been charged with raping a woman during a traffic stop, state police said Friday.
The deputy, William "Bill" Hatfield, 52, of Buskirk, was charged with first-degree rape, according to a news release.
A woman told state police she was driving on U.S. 119 in the Meta community late Thursday when a deputy pulled her over. The woman told police the deputy, who was in uniform, sexually assaulted her during the traffic stop, state police said.
State police did not release the woman's name and provided no additional information about the alleged attack.
Pike County Sheriff Charles "Fuzzy" Keesee said he had suspended Hatfield and taken equipment the sheriff's office had supplied him, including a car and gun.
Keesee said Hatfield had been with the department seven years. Hatfield was a sworn deputy, with arrest powers, but was a volunteer, Keesee said.
Pike County is so large that his office must use volunteers to help provide police protection, said Keesee, who has been sheriff 36 years.
The sheriff's office supplied Hatfield some equipment and paid expenses such as gas, but he did not get a salary, Keesee said.
Keesee said the department had not sent Hatfield to a standard state training course. However, Hatfield had ridden with another deputy and had in-house instruction, and was "well-qualified to handle about any situation" in law enforcement, Keesee said.
Keesee said Hatfield handled a lot of prisoner transportation and had done a good job.
Keesee also said he and a sheriff's detective had talked to Hatfield after he was arrested. He declined to say what Hatfield had told them.
"At this time it's only an allegation," he said of the charge against Hatfield.
Hatfield was released from custody Friday after posting 10 percent of a $50,000 bond, according to the Pike County Detention Center.