Deputies, jail officer accused of excessive force, affair with inmate

One Barrow County sheriff’s deputy was fired and two others resigned after being accused of excessive force. And in a separate incident, a detention officer resigned after having an affair with a former inmate, the Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

The GBI is investigating incidents involving two deputies and a supervisor after a Winder man was punched during his arrest in July. Internal investigations led to Deputy Bradley Arnold’s firing for use of excessive force and resignations in lieu of termination by Deputy Brandon Willis and Lt. Candler Pace, The Barrow County News reported.

Sheriff Jud Smith told the newspaper he contacted District Attorney Brad Smith after reviewing a tape of the July 1 arrest of Shane William Reese, who was struck during his arrest. The sheriff and DA then contacted the GBI.

“It appears these officers tried to cover up their actions and we found out about it and swiftly got rid of them,” Jud Smith said.

In a separate incident, a Barrow County detention officer resigned in lieu of termination Aug. 19 after she admitted to a sexual affair with a former inmate, the newspaper reported. Kindra Maddox admitted she kept in touch with eight former inmates, and had a physical relationship with one, according to the report.

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