Ga. Detention Officer Allegedly Supplied Drugs To Inmates

A DeKalb County detention officer is off the job Wednesday following allegations that she supplied contraband to an inmate. Dianne Hill Simpson, 34, of Stone Mountain, allegedly accepted money to provide drugs to inmate Naquan Hart.

Hart was jailed on felony drug charges in October 2009 and now faces an additional felony charge.

Sheriff Thomas Brown said his agency has faced several challenges within the last nine months, with the arrest and/or firing of five detention officers, which includes Simpson, and one deputy sheriff.

“We conduct background checks on all persons hired. Even with prescreening that includes psychological profiles, though, it is obviously difficult in some cases to predict the behavior of an employee encountering the pressures of certain work environments,” said Brown.

Supplying contraband to inmates is a felony offense in Georgia and punishable by one to five years in prison if convicted. Simpson is charged with violation of oath by a public officer.

“I sincerely hope that others in law enforcement – and certainly those representing the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office — will learn from the mistakes of others and realize that errant and illegal behaviors are not tolerated,” Brown said, “and that we all must face the consequences of our decisions and actions.”


Two Fired After Alleged Inmate Assault

WOODBINE, GA — Two Camden County jail guards have been fired for not adequately supervising a male inmate who is accused of sexually assaulting a female inmate.

An internal investigation found that Hope Roberts and Melissa Harris were assigned to supervise an area where inmate Devin Berryhill was mopping a floor. During that time, sheriff Tommy Gregory says Beryhill sexually assaulted a female inmate.

At the time the female inmate was restrained to a chair and Gregory says Beryhill inappropriately touched the woman twice.

Beryhill is charged with two counts of misdemeanor sexual assault. He had been in jail for a probation violation from previous shoplifting charges.

The case is now being handled by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.


Corrections officer arrested on child porn charges

Cobb County police have arrested a Bleckley County corrections officer for distributing child pornography.

The suspect, Jason Shane Price, 31, of Byron, is being held by the Bleckley County Sheriff’s Office.

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According to Cobb police, one of their detectives posed as a 13-year-old girl for an undercover operation that began in March. The detective received from Price sexually explicit messages and images, and videos depicting child sex abuse.


Former Polk County Jail Sergeant Charged with Using Excessive Force

ATLANTA, GA—JOSHUA DAVID LOWE, 25, of Aragon, Georgia, a former sergeant at the Polk County Jail, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a felony charge of using excessive force against an inmate. LOWE is scheduled to make an initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Walter E. Johnson in Rome on Monday, June 1, 2009, at 10 a.m.

United States Attorney David E. Nahmias said, “The great majority of Georgia’s detention officers serve with honor and courage, often under trying circumstances as they guard the inmates in our jails and prisons. But any officers who abuse their authority by violently assaulting inmates violate the Constitution and face going to prison as inmates.” Continue reading

GBI: Three arrested in illegal operation at correctional facility


SUMTER COUNTY, GA (WTVM) – Special agents and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department arrested three people for attempting to sale marijuana across guard lines to inmates at the Sumter County Correctional Institution.

Felecia Champion, 22, Travis McGruder, 23, and Simone Boone, 19 were arrested on Rucker Street off Georgia Highway 19.  Nearby, inmates from the Sumter County Correctional Institution conducted a work detail.  

We’re told  the suspects allegedly attempted to deliver marijuana.

On Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested correctional officer, 34-year-old James Cooper, for his alleged “violation of oath.”

Cooper is suspected of transporting “contraband” across guard lines at the Sumter County Correctional Institution.  Special agents executed a search warrant at his home on Beauchamp Road in Smithville, Georgia.

Cooper had been a correctional officer for about five years. 

Special agents say the investigation is on-going. News Leader 9 is following this story. We’ll bring you the latest information as soon as it becomes available


Former deputy jailer arrested

AUGUSTA, Ga.—A former Richmond County deputy jailer was arrested Friday morning after he flashed a badge to get through security at the Municipal Building.

Officers say Jamie Brinson, 26, was being booked into the jail on a charge of impersonating an officer.

Investigators say Brinson was in the process of being certified as a peace officer when he was fired January 22, 2009.

Marshals who work security at the Municipal Building noticed he flashed the badge on his belt to go through the security setup in the building lobby. Then someone remembered he had been terminated.

Investigators say he did turned in his badge when he was fired. This badge may have been another one he had purchased when he was employed and then kept. Brinson was not armed in Friday’s incident.


Ex-Guard Accused Of Beating Inmates

ATLANTA — Federal authorities have charged a former Fulton County Jail guard with violating the civil rights of two inmates who were beaten, one of whom died.


Officials say 41-year-old Curtis Jerome Brown of Lithonia was arrested Friday on charges of civil rights violations, making false statements and obstructing a federal investigation.


The criminal complaint says an FBI agent claimed Brown and two other staff members beat a mentally ill inmate in his cell on March 18, 2008. The inmate was later prounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.


The FBI affidavit says Brown handcuffed another inmate and beat him in August 2007, and falsified reports after the prisoner was found by another deputy, crying and bleeding and in need of medical care.


“This is not the behavior of most of the employees, this behavior is isolated and in these cases we will do whatever we can to protect the rights of the inmates housed at Fulton County Jail,” Sheriff Ted Jackson told Channel 2 Action News reporter Jodie Fleischer.