Jesup police officer charged with sexual assault, fired

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Southeast Georgia police officer allegedly assaulted someone in custody

JESUP — A southeast Georgia police officer has been charged that he sexually assaulted someone in his custody.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said it arrested on Tuesday 30-year-old Steven Wright, a Jesup police officer.

Wright is charged with aggravated sodomy, sexual assault against a person in custody and violating his oath of office.

GBI Agent Stacy Carson said the incident took place in August and was not in a jail. He declined to release further information.

Wright turned himself in at the Wayne County Jail and was taken to the Glynn County Jail to await a bail hearing, said Jesup Police Chief Mike Lane. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer to speak for him.

Lane said in a statement that District Attorney Jackie Johnson told him on Aug. 18 that the GBI was investigating a sexual assault allegation against Wright. Lane said he put Wright on paid leave the next day, telling him about the investigation.

Lane said he fired Wright on Tuesday. Wright had been a Jesup officer since January 2019, and Lane said he had received no other allegations of wrongdoing.