Bibb deputy fired, accused of striking handcuffed woman in face

Seth Ryan Conner
Seth Ryan Conner

A Bibb County deputy has been fired and charged with violating his oath of office stemming from allegations that he struck a handcuffed woman in the face.

Deputy Seth Conner, 23, also is charged with battery in the case.

Conner arrested a 25-year-old woman March 19 after a brief foot chase on Mercer University Drive at the Interstate 75 overpass. The woman became “disruptive” while sitting in the back of Conner’s patrol car, and Conner struck her in the face while securing her seat belt, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

The deputy was put on desk duty while criminal and internal investigations were conducted in the March 19 episode as well as another incident the next day.

Conner responded to a report of an attempted suicide March 20 where he “displayed a loss of temper, being verbally abusive and threatening to arrest the patient,” according to the release.

He was found to be in violation of sheriff’s office policies for Rules of Conduct.

Conner was booked into the Bibb County jail about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and was released on $3,280 bond just before 5 p.m.

The Macon Police Department hired Conner in January 2012, before the merger of the two departments.

Two other Bibb County deputies have been charged in separate cases this month.

Andre Pope, 24, was charged with two counts of furnishing prohibited items to inmates and two counts of violating his oath of office May 5.

Albert Gordon Murray, 53, was charged May 6 with making false statements and writings, as well as violating his oath, as part of an alleged real estate scam.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.