Jailer charged in sexual assault

A man who looked after prisoners is now facing criminal charges after his conduct with an inmate.

Roderick Hale, 53 of Peachtree City, is charged with two counts of sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority, and a violation of oath by a public officer. Hale started working for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department in 2016 and was assigned to the jail.

According to a sheriff’s department press release, on Feb. 4, an inmate revealed to a detention officer information of an alleged sexual encounter of a female inmate and a male deputy sometime during 2017 in the Fayette County Jail. The accusation immediately triggered an internal investigation to verify the alleged details. The suspected deputy was placed on administrative leave. The internal investigation was completed on Feb. 8

The press release indicated policy violations were discovered to have been committed by the suspected deputy. On Feb. 11, Sheriff Barry Babb was briefed on the results of the internal investigation by investigators. The deputy was terminated for these violations Feb.12, and then Babb requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation begin an independent criminal investigation into the suspected deputy’s conduct as the allegations pointed to criminal behavior.

The GBI briefed District Attorney Ben Coker and Sheriff Babb during the investigation. On March 4, the GBI notified the sheriff that warrants were pending for the arrest of the deputy. On March 6, at 10 a.m., the deputy turned himself in and was booked into the Fayette County Jail and posted a bond of $25,000.

In the press release, Babb assured the community that the department does not tolerate any misconduct of employees, especially criminal, and the department responded swiftly to the accusations and thanked the responsiveness of the GBI and District Attorney Ben Coker in the case.

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