- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) - An off-duty Iowa sheriff’s deputy has been charged with assault and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said Friday that 35-year-old Jeffrey Allen Athey, a Chickasaw County sheriff’s deputy, was arrested on Oct. 4 in New Hampton.

Athey was initially charged with assault causing injury, a serious misdemeanor, and taken to the Bremer County Jail. He was released the following day, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was contacted to help with the investigation.

Authorities say a subsequent investigation led to the additional charge filed Monday of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Athey has been on paid suspension since Oct. 5. He has worked at the sheriff’s office for six years.

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