Douglasville, GA – A 31-year-old female Douglas County correctional officer was arrested after allegedly admitting to sexually assaulting an inmate inside the jail facility.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) said in a press release on July 14 that Sheriff Tim Pounds launched an investigation into DCSO Correctional Officer Leigh Anne Lewis after receiving a letter from an inmate at the facility claiming that Correctional Officer Lewis “was sexually involved with another inmate at the jail.”
Investigators said they corroborated the information they received by reviewing security footage from the alleged victim’s housing unit.
During a subsequent interview with police, Correctional Officer Lewis allegedly confessed to sexually assaulting the inmate.
“Lewis was interviewed by investigators and admitted that she had in fact kissed and performed oral sodomy on an inmate in custody,” the DCSO said.
Correctional Officer Lewis was arrested on July 13 on charges of sexual assault by a correctional employee and violation of oath by a public officer.
She appeared before Magistrate Court Judge Barbara Caldwell the following day and her bond was set at $30,000.
The sheriff’s office said Correctional Officer Lewis worked for the department for slightly more than one year.
She was initially hired as a dispatcher, but ultimately transferred to the DCSO’s Jail Division.
Her employment status with the sheriff’s office was unclear on Thursday.
Sheriff Pounds said he is a strong supporter of the hardworking men and women of the DCSO, but that he will not tolerate employees tarnishing the badge.
“When my officers do right, are within the law and my policy, I will stand by their side and fight with them all the way. I will not cave to political pressure or a court of public opinion,” Sheriff Pounds said in the press release.
“However, if one of them knowingly and willfully violates the law, and the public’s trust, this is what is going to happen to them,” the sheriff added. “I have many great officers and I’m not going to allow one bad apple to spoil the bunch.”