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Update: ALEA officer facing sexual misconduct charges dies

The Alabama Enforcement Agency released the following statement concerning the death of ALEA officer Scotty Ballard:

It is with a heavy heart that the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) must share the devastating news of the passing of Special Agent Senior (SAS) Scotty Ballard, 51, of Andalusia, who was assigned to ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Vice and Special Operations, Narcotics Unit.

The Agency received notification of SAS Ballard’s passing on Wednesday, Aug. 24. ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor issued the following statement upon learning of his passing:

“On behalf of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, I would like to personally extend my deepest and sincerest condolences to SAS Ballard’s family, friends, and those within our own Agency, as well as officers throughout the law enforcement community who knew him well. With over 26 years of law enforcement service, SAS Ballard began his career with the Andalusia Police Department and ultimately joined state law enforcement in 2004 as a Special Agent with the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board, until ABC’s enforcement division was transferred to ALEA under consolidation in 2015.

This incredibly difficult loss reminds us that we need to lift each other up, especially in the most challenging times. Please keep SAS Ballard’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers, as their lives are forever changed.”

Original story:

A local law enforcement officer who was arrested and charged with sexual misconduct in Geneva last week is reportedly dead.

Scotty Ballard, a 52-year-old Alabama Law Enforcement Agency officer from Andalusia, was arrested by Geneva Police Chief Pepper Mock on August 17. The alleged victim filed a complaint against Ballard, leading to the arrest.

The charges resulted in a Class A misdemeanor of sexual misconduct. Ballard reportedly turned himself in and has been released on bond.

At this time, there is no confirmation as to the cause of death. Stay tuned for updates.

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