A magistrate judge denied bond Friday for a Milledgeville jail officer accused of sexual assault on an inmate.
Jeffrey Bernard Brown, 40, was picked up after an arrest warrant was signed Wednesday.
Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicord contacted the GBI on Wednesday after receiving a complaint from a female inmate at the Milledgeville jail.
The chief saw the seriousness of it and immediately got on it right away, said J.T. Ricketson, special agent in charge of the GBIs Region 6 office in Milledgeville.
The alleged sexual assault happened between 7 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to the chiefs news release.
Kudos to the chief to put that out there, because nobody likes to have that happen in their agency, Ricketson said.
GBI crime scene specialists gathered evidence at the jail, talked to witnesses and secured any possible videos that could be used in the case, Ricketson.
Once there was enough probable cause that a crime had been committed, a sexual assault warrant was signed.
Swicord said he stands behind the GBIs decision to charge Brown, who was fired from his job.
We are committed to keeping our jail detainees safe from harm while in our custody and reassure our community that this behavior will not go unpunished, Swicord said the release.
The chief said even consensual sexual activity will not be tolerated.
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