PAULDING COUNTY, Georgia – Two men who worked at the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office jail face multiple charges after several inmates came forward with allegations of sexual assault.
Authorities said an inmate came forward on May 12 and accused LaDarius Jones, 30, and Lucas Mays, 22, of improper touching. When the jailers returned to work on May 14, officials in the sheriff’s office said the two were immediately placed on routine paid administrative leave.
Since the allegations involved potential criminal activity with sworn jailers, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to conduct the criminal investigation.
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As a result of the investigation, combined with video evidence collected at the prison, Jones and Mays were immediately fired and arrested.
Jones and Mays have each been charged with three counts of sexual assault and breach of the oath of office.
“It disgusts me that two of our jailers are betraying the trust our inmates and the public have in us. We are committed to upholding the law, and I will not defend anyone, even if they are one of our MPs or jailers, from breaking the law and breaking the trust of the community, ”said Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge.
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