A Walker County deputy was arrested Thursday and out of a job Friday because, authorities say, he sexually assaulted a woman while transporting her from one hospital to another.

Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said Friday how he is personally very disappointed in the alleged actions of a now former deputy who was arrested on felony charges that include sexual assault by a person of authority.

Wilson’s timely response shows how serious the Walker County Sheriff’s Department takes a charge of this nature against one of its own.

Walker County Deputy Wesley Holland, 61, was booked Thursday at the Gordon County Georgia Detention Facility on three felony charges: sexual assault by person with authority, sodomy, and violation of oath, according to Wilson. Holland has been released on $30,000 bond.

Holland allegedly had the woman perform oral sex on him while he was supposed to be performing a health-care-related transport from one hospital to another, Wilson said Friday.

The sexual act is believed to have been consensual, but Wilson said that is no excuse. Holland was in a position of authority akin to that of a teacher and a student, Wilson said.

“I am very personally disappointed in the behavior of Deputy Holland’s actions. I regret that it has happened and we are addressing it to the best of our abilities,” Wilson said.

The investigation, which was conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, revealed that Holland was transporting the woman from Fort Oglethorpe to Dunwoody on Saturday April 30.

While enroute, Deputy Holland stopped his patrol vehicle at a location in Gordon County. While parked, he engaged in a sexual act with the woman.

The female reported the assault to Dunwoody police, who subsequently contacted the Walker County Sheriff’s Department. Upon notification, Wilson requested the GBI to investigate the incident.

Holland had been employed with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office since December 2014. Wilson said Holland is from LaFayette and had no prior law enforcement experience prior to his 1½ years with the sheriff’s department. Holland worked in the court services division.

“A wise friend once told me a man is not judged by a situation, but how he handles that situation. With that being said, I feel we have handled this to the best of our ability,” Wilson said.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at jobryant@npco.com.

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