BEDFORD, Va. — Police say a Bedford County sheriff’s deputy has been fired following his arrest on charges of taking indecent liberties with a child.

The sheriff’s office says in a news release that Virginia State Police arrested 47-year-old Ernest William Grubbs on Wednesday.

The Bedford resident faces 12 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in custodial relationship.

Grubbs had served a school resource officer at Liberty High School. He remains free on $5,000 bond.

The sheriff’s office says a special prosecutor will be assigned to assist in the investigation.

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