Wayne County deputy arrested, charged with rape

Weldon Lawson
Weldon Lawson(Wayne County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 13, 2023 at 3:21 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2023 at 5:21 PM EDT
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WAYNE COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - A former Wayne County deputy is now charged with rape just days after the sheriff’s office said it issued a search warrant for his house.

Weldon Lawson was initially charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun. He’s now facing at least four other charges after what the sheriff said was an investigation into illegal activities.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said all this comes after the search of the home turned up electronic devices that led to the additional charges.

Lawson is being held at the Pierce County jail. They say that’s due to the security risk of him being a former deputy.