Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Hernando school crossing guard fired after sexual battery allegations surface

BROOKSVILLE — A 69-year-old Hernando County school crossing guard was arrested Sunday and charged with sexual battery on a woman while she was sleeping in a bed at his Brooksville residence.

According to a Sheriff's Office report, James Thomas Woods is alleged to have fondled the adult woman, whose age was not released, while she was under the effects of the muscle relaxation medication Soma. According to the report, the woman told investigators that she was staying at Woods' home on Oct. 12 when she woke up about 4 a.m. and found him trying to remove an item of her clothing and fondle her. She said that the suspect was aware she had taken the medication.

The woman said she tried to resist the attack, but was too physically incapacitated by the medication to do so. She advised deputies that the suspect's wife, Pamela Woods, also a school crossing guard, was aware that the incident had occurred and asked her not to call the Sheriff's Office.

According to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Denise Moloney, Woods worked as a part-time school crossing guard for three years and, in accordance with department policy, has been terminated from his position.

Moloney said an investigation into Pamela Woods' involvement in the incident, and possible charges and disciplinary action against her, is ongoing.

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