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Chief of Staff for the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office arrested in Decatur, no longer employee

DECATUR, Ala. - Decatur Police confirm the arrest of Timothy McWhorter. He's the chief of staff for the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Gene Mitchell confirmed that McWhorter is no longer an employee of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office.

McWhorter faces charges of Domestic Violence--harassment in the third degree. He was arrested Thursday night.

This arrest comes a week after we reported McWhorter was on suspension from the sheriff's office. At that time, we also learned of allegations of domestic violence. He was accused of physically and verbally abusing his girlfriend in a report filed in December of 2017.

Just before 1:45 p.m/ Friday, McWhorter issued a statement to WHNT News 19.  It reads, "In response to my arrest last night, I wish it to be known that I have done no wrong and I have no idea what the basis was for the arrest.   I vehemently proclaim my innocence in this matter, as well as any other claims that have been made against me.  I do not know what the driving force is behind these allegations.  I have no further comment at this time."

WHNT News 19 is working to gather more information involving McWhorter's arrest. We'll update you as soon as we learn more.