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Former Jones County deputy arrested in ‘very weird case’ involving informant, authorities said

A former Milledgeville cop and Jones County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Thursday evening on charges of making false statements and violating the oath of office.

Michael Dee Thompson was booked into the Baldwin County jail after the 5 p.m. arrest, according to a news release from the GBI.

Ocmulgee District Attorney Stephen Bradley requested the GBI on May 14 to investigate “allegations of inappropriate supervision by Thompson of a confidential informant,” according to the release.

GBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mary Chandler told The Telegraph those charges were not related to anything sexual in nature and were the result of “a series of unacceptable practices” with a confidential informant who was facing criminal charges.

Chandler declined to provide specific details about the allegations because the investigation is ongoing.

The 48-year-old had been working for the Jones County Sheriff’s Office since early March. He was terminated before his arrest Thursday, Sheriff Butch Reece said.

“He only worked for us for 92 days,” the sheriff said. “This case originates from when he was a Milledgeville police officer.”

Asked to elaborate on the allegations, Reece said “it’s a very weird case” and that he preferred to let the involved agencies explain.

Thompson started his law enforcement career in 2002 at the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office but voluntarily resigned after a little more than a year, according to documents The Telegraph obtained from Georgia Peace Officer Standards & Training Council through the Georgia Open Records Act.

Thompson worked for the Jones County Sheriff’s Office from July 2013 until he voluntarily resigned in 2016 and started working for the Milledgeville Police Department. He was in good standing with P.O.S.T., records show.

“He was a good deputy,” Reece said. “But I’m very disappointed.”

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