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Former Amherst Corrections Deputy arrested in ongoing sexual battery investigation

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AMHERST CO. (WSLS 10) - Investigators with the Amherst County Sheriff's Office arrested Gerald Gray Thompson, 75, of Amherst on 3 counts of aggravated sexual battery. Deputies said the charges stem from incidents that happened in 2015, but they weren't reported until April 11, 2016. The investigation is ongoing.

Deputies said Thompson retired as a Corrections Deputy with the Sheriff's Office in 2011, but continued working part-time with the Sherriff's Office Inmate Workforce as a civilian. The Sheriff's Office said he's been terminated as a result of the charges.

Thompson is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg without bond.