A former Muscogee County sheriff's deputy is behind bars after he was accused of sexually assaulting a female inmate in the jail.
Marcus Kennedy, who worked with the agency for about four years prior to his recent termination, was charged with violation of oath by a public officer and sexual assault against persons in custody. He was initially booked into the Muscogee County Jail, but has since been transported to the Harris County Jail for security reasons.
Sheriff John Darr said the victim reported about two weeks ago that Kennedy, who worked laundry detail, sexually assaulted her in the jail.
Kennedy, 42, of Phenix City, was arrested at the Government Center on Monday at 12:15 p.m. He was given a $12,500 bond before he was transferred to Harris County.
Kennedy will face a Municipal Court hearing at 8:30 a.m. Thursday., Darr said.
Darr declined to go into further detail about the assault, but confirmed that Kennedy was on duty at the time of the incident.
He was terminated shortly after the accusation was made, Darr stated.
"After what she told us, I deemed it was enough to terminate his employment with the sheriff's office," Darr said. "We conducted the investigation, which led to his arrest."
The sheriff declined to comment on any findings that led to Kennedy's charges.
"I have high standards for the employees of the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office," Darr said Tuesday. "When people don't live up to that standard, it's very disappointing. Also, I think the people in this community have a high standard of not only the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office employees but people in law enforcement in general and they should. It's unfortunate when you have somebody who does not live up to that oath that he did take."
— Sarah is a crime & safety reporter at The Ledger-Enquirer. You can contact her on Twitter at @SarahR_92.