MACON Co., Ala. (WRBL) – The Macon County Sheriff confirms a longtime sheriff’s deputy and Macon County’s head school resource officer has resigned his post after he was placed on administrative leave following allegations he may have exchanged inappropriate messages with a student.
Sheriff Andre Brunson confirms to News 3; Tony Washington was placed on administrative leave by his office and the Macon County School Board back in October when the allegations surfaced. Sheriff Brunson says Washington resigned his post later that week. News 3 has reached out to Washington for a comment. Sheriff Brunson does not know if he has an attorney.
The Sheriff says the investigation has been turned over to the State Bureau of Investigation Division under the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Brunson says any allegations involving the well-being of a student will be taken seriously and appropriately investigated by the Macon County Superintendent, school personnel, the Macon Co. Sheriff’s Department and SBI when needed. Brunson says no charges have been filed in the case.
News 3 reached out to the SBI who says they can’t comment at this time.
Sheriff Brunson says Washington had worked for the Macon County Sheriff’s office for at least 20 years and has always been a well-respected deputy and public servant. News 3 has reached out to Washington for a comment on his resignation and the investigation. Sheriff Brunson says as with any investigation a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
News 3 also reached out to Macon County School Superintendent Dr. Jaqueline A. Brooks for more information. We are told Dr. Brooks tells News 3 she can’t comment on the allegations because it is a personnnel matter.
Check back with News 3 as this is a developing story.