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Jail Deputy Fired After Sending Facebook Friend Request To Female Inmate

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WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (CBS Atlanta/AP) – Authorities in northeast Georgia say a jail deputy was fired and another resigned after they sent Facebook friend requests to an inmate while she was locked up in the county jail.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Lee Weems said Monday that Dewayne Powers and Andrea Rogers also had face-to-face conversations of a sexual nature with the 23-year-old inmate.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the allegations came to light July 23, the day the inmate was being bonded out of jail. Weems says the inmate told her boyfriend, who told the sheriff.

“I don’t have any exact quotes from her … just conversations of a sexual nature,” Weems explained to the Banner-Herald. “They didn’t go into a full description of what they talked about.”

Authorities say the inmate didn’t have access to her phone or a computer in jail, but a subsequent examination of her computer showed the Facebook friend requests sent by the men.

“There was a difference in the level of conduct between two,” Weems told the Banner-Herald. “The one that resigned pretty much owned up to his portion of the thing pretty quickly.”

Weems says there was never any physical contact between the deputies and the inmate.

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