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Former Hall deputy accused of lying about attempted sexual assault
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Margaret Brumbelow

A former Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested this week after reporting another deputy attempted to sexually assault her, allegations authorities said they determined were untrue following an investigation.

Margaret Brumbelow, 30, of Lula, was charged with giving false statements and arrested Monday, Aug. 12.

She had worked for Hall County since July 17, 2016, until this week. She was most recently working with the jail division transport unit.

“On July 13, Brumbelow reported that while off duty, another deputy attempted to sexually assault her. The ensuing comprehensive investigation determined that the allegation was false,” sheriff’s office spokesman Derreck Booth wrote in an email.

She posted a $5,700 bond the day of her arrest.

“Incidents like these are very difficult for law enforcement agencies, but they must be addressed when they occur,” Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch said in a statement. “We take reports of crime seriously, and members of our agency, assisted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, diligently investigated this allegation. While I’m thankful no attempted assault occurred, the falsehood could not be overlooked. Our department is full of excellent deputies and professionals. Cases like these are the exception.”

Booth said the case is a felony.

The case is under an ongoing internal affairs investigation.

When reached by phone Friday, Aug. 16, Brumbelow gave the number for her attorney, Mike Weaver.

“We’re representing her. We’re going to do our best to give her a vigorous representation and help her any way we can,” Weaver said.

Weaver declined to comment on the specific allegations.


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