Weird Legal News: Jailer Fired on Sending Prison Inmate Friend Request on Facebook
Aug 16, 2012 05:14 PM EDT
Georgia. - Social media is all about networking and staying in touch with people, but even in the world of Facebook and Twitter, where one can be 'friends' with people they hardly know, there are some boundaries. Oconee County Jail Deputy Dewayne Powers learnt this the hard way when he was fired for sending a female prison inmate a Facebook friend request. He also sent a text message to her phone. As a result deputy Powers was given the pink slip for "inappropriate communications," as reported by the Associated Press.
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The 23-year-old inmate must have been quite a catch because she soon received another friend request from Deputy Andrea Rogers, who was forced to resign on the same grounds of "inappropriate communications."
But why was one fired while the other allowed to resign? Sheriff's Chief Deputy Lee Weems told the Athens Banner Herald, "There was a difference in the level of conduct between the two...The one that resigned pretty much owned up to his portion of the thing pretty quickly," as reported by the NBC.
Weems became aware of the incident after the inmate, who remains nameless, told her boyfriend, who then in turn informed the Sheriff. The computer and phone of the prisoner was examined and once her claims were proven, the necessary action was taken.
"I don't have any exact quotes from her ... just conversations of a sexual nature...There is no evidence of any actual physical contact having taken place, and such was adamantly denied by all parties involved," Weems told NBC News.
The inmate has since been released from jail on an undisclosed bond.