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Madison County, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The Madison County Sheriff is under fire and facing some serious accusations.

Sheriff David Woolfork is charged with sexually assaulting as employee in October. Today he held a press conference in Jackson.

MORE: Madison County Sheriff indicted

The sheriff did not have much to say and he never really addressed the accusations against him.

The sheriff David Woolfork faces a felony count of criminal attempt to commit aggravated sexual battery and a misdemeanor count of domestic violence assault.

He's accused of attacking an employee in her home in October.

The Grand Jury handed up the indictment on Monday.

Sheriff Woolfork read from a prepared statement as his attorney sat by his side.

"I admit I made some bad personal decisions and they were just that, personal. Several weeks ago, and this is significant even prior to the indictment being handed down yesterday, I sat down with my family and made some decisions that I thought was in the best interest of all involved and I had decided at that time....is not to seek a sixth term. It certainly has been an honor and it's been a pleasure in serving the citizens of Jackson, Madison County and as well as the state of Tennessee."

MORE: Statement of Sheriff David L. Wookfork

"A person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt or moral certainty. I still stand firm with that belief," said Sheriff Woolfork.

Woolfork is well known in this community, in fact he has been in law enforcement for the last 42-years and was first elected as sheriff in 1994. He has had five terms as sheriff.

Today he made clear he does not plan to seek a sixth term, but he also has no plans to resign  amid the allegations against him.

Woolfork's next court date is January 6th.

The Madison County District Attorney has recused himself from prosecuting this case. Shelby County DA Amy Weirich will take over.

"Anytime there's a law enforcement officer whether it's an elected officer or a uniformed officer of course it's troubling of course it's bothersome. He's of course presumed innocent until proven guilty and we will let the case work its way out in the courtrooms."

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