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Deputy arrested for child molestation
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Daniel Bill McGinnis - photo by Courtesy of the Newton County Sheriff's Office

A former Newton County deputy was arrested Monday for allegedly inappropriately touching a child multiple times between 2006 and 2011.

A juvenile victim made an “outcry” to a school guidance counselor recently, and after Newton County Sheriff’s Office investigators interviewed the victim, they believed there was probable cause to charge Newton County resident Daniel Bill McGinnis with aggravated child molestation, a felony. According to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office jail website, McGinnis is 29.

McGinnis is currently employed by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, according to his booking sheet. Deputy Cortney Morrison, public information officer with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed McGinnis previously worked for the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

The molestations are alleged to have taken place in Newton County, Morrison said.

The case is still under investigation; McGinnis remains in the Newton County Detention Center, according to its website.

McGinnis is currently suspended without pay pending an internal investigation, according to a press release from the Morgan County Sheriff's Office, which also said McGinnis' bond hearing is Wednesday.

McGinnis began working with Morgan County March 17, said Capt. Christopher Bish with Morgan County Sheriff's Office.

According to Newton County Human Resources, McGinnis worked from June 16, 2008 to July 14, 2011.

While his personnel file states that he voluntarily resigned for other employment, Morrison said McGinnis resigned in lieu of expected termination.

According to a copy of the Sheriff's Office internal affairs report, McGinnis lied to his superiors, telling them he needed 36 hours of bereavement leave because his father-in-law had died. When asked what McGinnis had lied about, Morrison told The News that everything McGinnis told his superiors was false, including the multiple prior conversations he reportedly had with one of his supervisors about his sick father-in-law prior to saying his father-in-law had died.

The Sheriff's Office disciplinary board met July 5, 2011 and "voted unanimously to recommend Deputy Daniel McGinnis be terminated. The board felt that McGinnis' false statements and planned deceptions had destroyed his personnel and professional credibility," according to the internal affairs report.