Former Walker County deputy sentenced to prison after being found guilty of incest

Former Walker County Deputy Stephen Zachary Williams, 42, of Chattooga County was sentenced to 29 years with 1 year on probation Friday in Chattooga County Superior Court after being found guilty of incest. On Friday, September, 1st, 2023, a Chattooga County Superior Court Judge declared a mistrial in a portion of the Criminal Case Against Williams who faced five charges. According to court records, after nearly two days of Jury deliberations, jurors unanimously voted to convict him on one charge of incest. The jury was unable to reach a verdict by the required voting margin for the other charges which included rape, incest, aggravated sodomy x2, and sexual battery. According to Georgia Peace Officer Standards & Training Council Records, Williams was a deputy at the Walker County Sheriff’s Office from 2018 to 2021 before allegations of sexual abuse were brought against him in January 2021. On Thursday, January 28, 2021, the GBI arrested Williams. On September 8, 2020, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI investigate allegations of rape and incest by Williams. Williams was immediately placed on leave and was later fired from the sheriff’s office shortly after. Williams can be retried on the other charges in Chattooga County Superior Court.

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