A Hernando County school crossing guard is facing sexual battery charges; he has since been fired

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla - Hernando County deputies say James Woods waited for a woman to be sedated on medication before sexually battering her in his home.

James Woods, 69, is now facing sexual battery charges.

Woods, who worked as a school crossing guard, has been terminated as a result of his arrest.

According to an arrest report, an adult victim, who is an acquaintance, told deputies that on October 12 between the hours of 4 and 4:30 a.m., Woods sexually battered her while she was sleeping in a bed at his residence.

The victim stated that she takes medication that makes her incoherent to the point that she is heavily sedated approximately 15-20 minutes after ingesting it, deputies say.  The woman says Woods and his wife were helping take care of her while she was sick.

Deputies say the woman also advised that once she takes her medication she knows what is going on around her; however, she has little or no ability to react to her surroundings.

The sexually battery occurred while she was under the influence of her medication, an arrest report states.

The victim alleges the sexual battery occurred three times on the same date.

An arrest report states the woman awoke to Woods lying next to her in bed with his hand up her shirt trying to remove her bra.

Deputies say she tried to resist but was incapacitated by the medication she took.

Additionally, deputies report that the suspect's wife, Pamela Woods, was aware the sexual battery took place and asked the victim not to contact authorities.

Authorities say charges could be pending for Pamela Woods.  She is also a school crossing guard.

James Woods is now out on bond.

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