Sheriff’s deputy accused of taking nude photos of woman in squad car

A Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy was charged with sexual assault after he allegedly took inappropriate photos of a woman while on duty.

Josh Nelson, 31, was also charged Tuesday with violation of oath of office and possession of methamphetamine, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a release.

Nelson pulled over to a dark road and asked the woman to take off her clothes in the backseat of his squad car, Channel 2 Action News reported.

“He said he needed to take pictures for evidence,” Hayley Boe said. “I thought he meant like my pants and my shirt, and once when I got those off he [said] ‘you need to take everything off.’”

Boe said Nelson took pictures of her with his cellphone and at one point touched her breasts.

“It’s one of the worst days of my life already,” she said.

Nelson said the pictures didn’t take and took more as they got closer to the hospital, Channel 2 reported.

The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office conducted an internal affairs investigation and requested the GBI conduct a criminal investigation.

Nelson worked for Bartow County Sheriff’s Office for nearly seven years. He was on paid administrative leave while the GBI investigated the woman’s allegations.