Douglas County Jail worker arrested after deputies say she had sexual contact with prisoner

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga — Deputies on Wednesday arrested a Douglas County corrections officer who they believe violated his oath and sexually assaulted a prisoner.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a letter written by an inmate alleging that Officer Leigh Lewis had a sexual relationship with an inmate at the jail.

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Sheriff Tim Pounds has asked investigators to conduct a criminal investigation into Lewis. After reviewing video from the living unit of the inmate Lewis had sex with, investigators were able to confirm the information and arrest Lewis.

Lewis was questioned by investigators and admitted to kissing and having sex with an inmate, the sheriff’s office said.

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Lewis worked for the Douglas County Sheriff‘s Office for just over a year, first as a dispatcher before transferring to the Corrections Division.

“When my officers do the right thing, uphold the law and my policy, I will stand with them and fight with them to the end. I will not bow to political pressure or a court of public opinion. However, if any of them knowingly and willfully violate the law and the public trust, that is what will happen to them,” Pounds said. “I have a lot of great officers and I won’t let a bad apple spoil the group.”

Lewis faces charges of breach of oath by a public official and sexual assault by a corrections employee. She appeared in court on Thursday and was granted $30,000 bond.

Lewis is the second Douglas County Jail employee charged with sexual assault this year.

Austin Cole Sluder, 27, was arrested in March after police said he violated his oath as a public officer and committed a sexual assault.

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