Posted: Thursday, August 21st 2014 at 5:19pm
Fired Hall Co. jailer pleads guilty to striking handcuffed inmate
By Ken Stanford Staff
GAINESVILLE - A former Hall County jailer, fired almost two years ago for alleged excessive force against an inmate, has entered guilty pleas to the charges he faces.
Dustin Charlton was charged in December 2012, about three months after he was fired.
On Wednesday, according to paperwork on file in the Hall County Clerk of Courts office, Charlton pleaded guilty to violation of oath of office and two counts of simple battery.
"He was sentenced under the first offender act to five years on probation, with the following conditions: that he complete anger management counseling and that he not seek employment or volunteer for any law enforcement agency, jail or community policing organization," said District Attorney Lee Darragh.
Hall County authorities said Charlton was terminated as a result of a September 8, 2012, incident at the Hall County Jail. A press release at the time indicated Charlton was involved that night in subduing a combative inmate. After the inmate was brought under control and handcuffed, Charlton allegedly hit the inmate in the head with his hand.
Charlton was also the subject of a 2010 investigation into a similar incident in which he struck an inmate. He was suspended for five days without pay for those actions.
Charlton had been employed with the sheriff’s office since May, 2010.
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