WAYNE COUNTY, GA – A former Wayne County corrections officer has been accused of “disgracing” the uniform. And arresting jail deputy literally cut off his shirt after the corrections officer was arrested for allegedly smuggling contraband to inmates in the jail – and the sheriff’s office even posted the video of the shirt removal online.
Yet the video resulted in outrage online, with commenters proclaiming that the corrections officer accused of smuggling contraband to inmates didn’t need to be humiliated during his arrest.
"You come to our jail and do this, this is what it's gon' get you," an officer says after he cut off the man's shirt. "You're a disgrace to this uniform and you need to go to jail for good."https://t.co/P29jnOjWOy
— WBTW News13 (@WBTWNews13) August 23, 2021
According to an August 22nd press release from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Jesup Police Department, both the sheriff’s office and local police department had been conducting a weeks’ long investigation into contraband finding its way into the Wayne County Jail:
“Sheriff R.E. ‘Chuck’ Moseley of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Chief Perry Morgan of the Jesup Police Department would like to announce the conclusion of a two-week long investigation.
The Jesup Wayne tactical narcotics team has been conducting an undercover operation into a Wayne County detention officer moving contraband to inmates incarcerated in the Wayne County Jail.”
Apparently, this investigation led to charges against one corrections officer, identified as Dayton Beasley, which the press release noting that Beasley “has been stripped of his authority and status as a Detention Officer” and has been “arrested with multiple charges pending.”
Beasley was reportedly charged with violation of oath of office, trading with inmates without consent of warden or superintendent, crossing the guard line with a controlled substance, and simply “other charges” as mentioned in the release.
The press release concluded with the sentiments of both the sheriff and police chief highlighting their disdain for law enforcement officers betraying their oath:
“Sheriff Mosely and Chief Morgan would like this case to serve as an example of their hard stance against corruption in law enforcement. As the adage goes, ‘no one dislikes bad cops more than good cops’.
This stands true with both the sheriff and the chief. Corruption in our departments will not be tolerated. We strive hard to gain the trust and support of the public and officers and deputies that break that trust will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
In a video posted to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page (that has since been removed), Beasley was shown in handcuffs at the jail while another corrections officer literally cut Beasley’s uniform shirt off – saying he “disgraced” his uniform:
“You come to our jail and do this; this is what it’s gonna get you. You’re a disgrace to this uniform and you need to go to jail for good.’
While there were many people that supported the video, other commenters online seemed outraged over the display loaded up into Facebook, claiming it was no more than public shaming and perhaps over excessive:
“I don’t even know what to say. I understand he did wrong but why do you feel like you have the right to be judge, jury and executioner?”
Others expressed outrage over the fact that there was video of this corrections officer not just being humiliated – but being accused of committing a crime by the fellow corrections officer who had him in cuffs at the moment, with one commenter writing:
“I guess they forgot the part about “innocent until proven guilty”!!! SMDH”
One of the more supportive comments regarding the video noted some confusion over the outrage:
“I’ve heard people say 1000x that law enforcement gets away with anything and that nothing ever gets done to them. Then when something actually gets done everyone wants to bitch about how it gets handled.
If it sent a message to others, that this administration doesn’t put up with it I don’t see the problem. No one has any problem with the general public having their picture taken and posted in the paper and online when arrested why a double standard here?”
It should be noted that while perhaps the removal of the shirt isn’t something that run-of-the-mill accused offenders endure, the shirt was county property – and also regular citizens who get arrested all over the country also find themselves published online by arresting agencies.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office issued an apology about the video to those who took offense to it:
“To all that has seen the video that we have removed, I want to say that the post was put up as a show of transparency. When Sheriff Moseley ran, his platform included numerous pledges, 1 which was transparency.
We felt that everyone wanted to know what was going on and feel this video did just that. There was no property damaged that belonged to the young man shown and as far as embarrassed, I am sure he was embarrassed from the get go.
I have read where people said what was there and even a picture showed up of drug related items. All I can say is the truth will come out as to what all was involved in the charges.
Sheriff Moseley in no way knew that the video was being posted, it was a decision made on other levels. For the ones that supported the post, thank you for your support and for the ones that opposed the post, I apologize.”
Regardless of how locals feel about the manner in which Beasley was arrested, smuggling of any contraband into a jail facility can put both inmates and staff at risk – and is a real quick way for corrections officers to find themselves handed a newly issued uniform: this time, an orange one.
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This isn’t the first time we at Law Enforcement Today have covered corrections officers finding themselves on the wrong side of the cell doors.
Back in July, we reported on a female corrections officer who was sentenced to prison after smuggling contraband and having sex with jail inmates.
Here’s that previous report.
FRESNO COUNTY, CA – A former corrections officer who pleaded guilty in April to charges stemming from her having sex with an inmate was recently handed down a 7-month jail sentence followed by two years of probation.
When describing the illicit sexual exploits of the corrections officer, Fresno County Assistant Sheriff Steve McComas said it was “something only a depraved mind can come up with.”
California correctional officer sentenced for 'depraved' sex with inmate in view of other prisoners: reports https://t.co/Cg4A6woUsz
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 2, 2021
According to reports, 27-year-old Tina Gonzalez, who once worked at the Fresno County jail, is now a convicted felon after her sexual escapades with an inmate at the jail she once worked at came to light.
Gonzalez, who started working at the jail in 2016, reportedly had a relationship with an inmate that lasted over an entire year before she was arrested in December of 2019.
In that time, Gonzalez also provided the inmate with a cellphone, razor blades, and even jail intelligence, according to prosecutor Kaitlin Drake:
“At times, communicated sensitive information to the inmate about individuals that were entering the inmate’s pod as well as times when the pod would be searched.”
Gonzalez pleaded guilty in April to sexual activity by a detention facility employee with a consenting confined adult and possession of drugs or an alcoholic beverage in a jail.
Fresno County Assistant Sheriff McComas commented during Gonzalez’s June 29th sentencing about the “depraved” nature of the crimes she committed while working at the jail facility:
“Cutting a hole in your pants to make it easier to have sex with an inmate and having intercourse in full view of 11 other inmates is something only a depraved mind could come up with.”
Assistant Sheriff McComas was particularly disturbed that even after Gonzalez was arrested, she continued to have a relationship with the inmate and “even boasts” during calls with the inmate about their exploits in the jail:
“The fact that she continually calls, has sexually explicit conversations with the inmate in question, and even boasts about the crimes she carried out shows that she’s incapable of owning up to her mistakes and will undoubtedly continue in the future.”
Judge Michael Idiart could have sent Gonzalez to prison for up to 16 months, which apparently prosecutors were hoping for a sentence more closely resembling the maximum time.
However, Judge Idiart noted that Gonzalez had no prior criminal history and also openly admitted to the crimes she committed once her exploits came to light.
The judge sentenced Gonzalez to 210 days in jail and with credit for time served, meaning she could be out as early as October, as well as two years of probation.
When Gonzalez was sentenced, Judge Idiart did speak frankly with the defendant about her “stupid” behavior:
“I think what you did was terrible, stupid. You’ve ruined your career. You endangered your fellow officers. But I also believe that people can redeem themselves. You have the rest of your life to prove that.”
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