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Forsyth County deputy fired after domestic violence arrest
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

A Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was arrested in late November over allegations of domestic violence has now been fired, authorities say.

Tom McCullagh
Tom McCullagh

Deputy First Class Tom McCullagh, 39, of Forsyth County, was taken into custody Nov. 29, after deputies responded to a residence in northwest Forsyth County to investigate an incident of domestic violence that allegedly occurred between McCullagh and his wife.

McCullagh, a 16-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was allegedly identified as having committed “an act of domestic violence” against his wife during the incident, authorities said in a statement on Wednesday.

In an email to the Forsyth County News, McCullagh’s attorney AJ Richman denied the charges that have been filed against his client, stating that McCullagh is a highly decorated officer with two Medals of Valor from the agency.

“[McCullagh] is adamant the facts of the arrest are not true,” Richman said. “[He] looks forward to his day in court, his day before the Civil Service Board, and getting his job back.”

The allegations against McCullagh were investigated by the sheriff’s office’s Major Crimes Unit and Office of Professional Standards. During the investigation on Nov. 29, detectives reportedly determined that there was probable cause to make an arrest in the case.

McCullagh was charged with battery family violence and placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

McCullagh was terminated as an employee based on “multiple violations of policies and procedures” of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater.

“There are not any more serious allegations than [those] dealing with domestic violence,” Rainwater said. “We had a team of detectives and supervisors working on this to make sure, first of all, the victim was OK, and to protect the integrity of our agency.”

Rainwater said that the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council, the state entity that regulates law enforcement officers, has been notified of McCullagh’s arrest and termination.