A former Bulloch County Jail supervisor, terminated earlier this month, was arrested by Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents Tuesday on charges he sexually assaulted a female inmate in 2009.
Michael Wayne Griffin, 37, of Sandy Way, was a sergeant who worked in the jail, Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said in a news release.
A female inmate housed in the jail this month told sheriff's investigators there had been inappropriate sexual contact between her and Griffin when she was an inmate there in 2009, Anderson said.
"Sheriff's investigators were made aware of an allegation made by a female inmate housed at (the jail) of contact of a sexual nature between (the inmate and Griffin)," he said. "This contact allegedly occurred in 2009 but had not been previously reported by the complainant."
As per Bulloch County Sheriff's Office policy, an internal affairs investigation was conducted, which resulted in "sufficient reason to recommend the termination of Sgt. Griffin," Anderson said. "Given the nature of the allegations, the case was referred to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (Statesboro office) for further examination."
The GBI investigation concluded with Griffin's arrest Tuesday. He was charged with sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority.
Anderson said the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) code section 16-5-5.1 (b)(3) "forbids an employee of a law enforcement agency from engaging in sexual contact with any employee who the employee knows to be in custody of that agency," he said.
Griffin was issued a $20,000 bond by the Bulloch County Superior Court and was later released on bond, according to jail records.
Anderson said in the news release that he "considers the integrity of the deputies working for the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office to be of the highest importance."
"Internal controls are in place to ensure that this integrity remains above reproach," Anderson said. "The Internal Affairs process is in place to facilitate this and will be used in all such cases."