DUNCAN — A jury in Stephens County has acquitted a former deputy accused of sexual battery, rape and kidnapping.
Jurors deliberated just 40 minutes Tuesday before reaching not-guilty verdicts on all six felony counts filed against Brandon Balthrop. Prosecutors accused Balthrop of sexually assaulting four women while he was working as a Duncan police officer and later as a Stephens County deputy.
Balthrop could return to law enforcement now that he's acquitted — but he told a local newspaper that he has no plans to do so.
Balthrop says he's “ecstatic” with the jury's verdict and that he looks forward to moving on with his life.
A judge declared a mistrial in January after some jurors said they'd received surveys from the state.