Dustin Charlton (Hall County Sheriff's Office)
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Former Hall County Jailer Dustin Charlton was released from jail on a $15,000 bond on Thursday afternoon, after turning himself on Wednesday.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation had been working a case from September 2012, and arrested and charged Charlton with one count of Simple Battery and one count of violation of oath.
The Hall County Sheriff's office reported back on September 12 that Charlton was involved in a scuffle with an inmate on September 8, when he worked as a jailer.
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Once Charlton got the inmate under control and in handcuffs, he allegedly used his hand and hit the inmate in his head. At the time of the report, the Sheriff's Office fired Charlton after employment since May 2010.
Also in 2010, the Sheriff's Office said Charlton was involved in a similar situation in which he hit an inmate. This incident brought Charlton five days of suspension without pay.
The GBI conducted a thorough, independent investigation of the September incident at the request of the Sheriff's Office, and then reviewed their findings with the District Attorney's Office.
"Charlton's actions are completely unacceptable and do an extreme disservice to those we are sworn to protect, as well as those Officers who serve honorably," Colonel Tony Carter, Chief Deputy of the Sheriff's Office said. "Policies, procedures, training and supervision are all in place to prevent this type of incident. We expect all employees to be positive representatives of the Sheriff's Office and conduct themselves in a professional manner."
The Hall County Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs Unit and the GBI are continuing to investigate this case.