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Former Floyd County deputy pleads guilty to sexual battery, sentenced to 30 days in jail

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A former deputy pleaded guilty Monday to accusations he improperly touched a woman while working a second job at Floyd Medical Center.

Donnie Enath Lee, 41, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, followed by 11 months’ probation, on a misdemeanor count of sexual battery.

Lee also must pay a $500 fine and perform 50 hours of community service.

A charge of simple battery against Lee was dropped.

“I think it’s a fair sentence for what he did,” District Attorney Leigh Patterson said. “He lost his job over it. He’s going to jail for it. He’s losing his POST-certification. He can never be a police officer again.”

Lee was working security at the hospital on Sept. 12, 2012, when he touched a woman’s genital area, inner thighs, buttocks and breasts, his indictment and Patterson stated.

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office dismissed Lee shortly afterward.

Lee was scheduled for trial Monday morning, but opted to plead guilty. If he’d gone to trial, prosecutors would have attempted to present evidence of two similar accusations of unwanted touching and contact.

In both cases prosecutors allege Lee made inappropriate comments or touched two FMC employees. He whistled at one like he was calling a dog. He repeatedly tried to kiss the other.

As part of his sentence Lee must have no contact with his victim or the two other FMC employees.

Lee asked that he be given first-offender status, which Senior Judge Donald Howe granted over the prosecution’s objections.

Lee’s record will show no conviction if he successfully completes his probation.

Authorities arrested Lee after his guilty plea. He’s being held outside of Floyd County.