A corrections officers in Georgia found herself locked up behind bars after she was accused of carrying on a sexual relationship with an inmate, authorities said.
On July 13, deputies took into custody Leigh Anne Lewis, an employee at the Douglas County jail, and charged her with violation of oath by a public officer and sexual assault by a correctional employee, WSB-TV reported.
According to authorities, an inmate at the jail wrote a letter to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office alleging Lewis, 31, and a prisoner at the facility were sexually involved with each other.
The sheriff’s office launched an investigation into the claim, and Sheriff Tim Pounds said surveillance video from the prisoner’s housing unit allegedly backed up the claims in the letter.
In a police interview, Lewis allegedly admitted to investigators she kissed and was sexually intimate with the prisoner, the sheriff’s office said.
“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,” Pounds said after Lewis’ arrest.
“I will not cave to political pressure or a court of public opinion,” he continued. “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."
Pounds added: "I have many great officers and I’m not going to allow one bad apple to spoil the bunch.”
Lewis, who reportedly worked at the sheriff’s office for around a year before she began her job at the jail, was granted $30,000 bail.
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