GENEVA, Ala (WDHN)— Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Officer Scotty Ballard, 51, who was facing charges of Sexual Misconduct and Second Degree Assault, has died by suicide.

Ballard, an Andalusia resident, was facing a Class A Misdemeanor charge of Sexual Misconduct in Geneva County and a second-degree assault charge in Covington County.

Ballard was an agent with the ALEA State Burea of Investigation Vice and Special Operations, Narcotics Unit.

After the passing, ALEA issued a press release expressing sadness for the loss of Agent Ballard.

“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,” said ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor “This incredibly difficult loss reminds us that we need to lift each other up, especially in the most challenging times”

According to Geneva Police Chief Pepper Mock, the victim of the misconduct filed a report against Ballard, after which a 3rd party warrant was issued.

The charges resulted in a Class A Misdemeanor of Sexual Misconduct. Ballard reportedly turned himself in and was released on bond.

Ballard was already out on bond after being arrested in 2020 following a Covington County Grand Jury indictment for Assault in the Second Degree. Ballard reportedly struck a pedestrian on Highway 55 in Covington County.