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Sheriff's deputy arrested
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Gregery Wade Cowburn

A Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy has been suspended with pay following his arrest early Monday in what authorities described as a domestic dispute.

Gregery Wade Cowburn, 37, was charged with false imprisonment, a felony, and second-degree cruelty to children, a misdemeanor.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said Cowburn was released Monday night from the Forsyth County Jail after posting $6,215 bond.

Huggins said the cruelty charge results from a preteen child witnessing a domestic dispute between Cowburn and his 30-year-old wife, whose name has not been released.

Cowburn reportedly kept his wife from leaving the apartment.

Huggins said the child is Cowburn’s stepdaughter. She was not harmed in the incident, which happened about 2 a.m. at Oxford Summit apartments.

Cowburn, who is assigned to the sheriff’s uniform patrol division, has been with the agency since May 2004, Huggins said.

The deputy has been placed on administrative leave with pay until an internal affairs investigation into the incident is complete.

Huggins said Cowburn will not receive any special consideration because he is a deputy.

“We will conduct a fair and impartial investigation and at the conclusion of that will take whatever action is appropriate,” Huggins said.