DETROIT (WWJ) – A sergeant at the Wayne County Sheriff’s department is facing sexual assault charges involving a child who was a relative.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged 48-year old Thomas Pederson of Brownstown Township with three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13 years of age and one count of second degree criminal sexual conduct.

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“I’m just stunned, I’m usually not speechless, but I’m totally speechless,” Paul Gyorke who has lived a door down from the deputy for the last six years told Channel 7 news. “Been a great neighbor, he’s helped me take out trees out of my backyard, if anybody needs anything he’s always the first one to come over.”

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Pedersen has been with Wayne County since 1995.

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He’s expected to be arraigned on Thursday in 33rd District Court before Judge Michael K. McNally in Woodhaven.