Gale Buckner added that criminal charges will be pursued after a joint investigation by her agency and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The probe started after the November beating death of 19-year-old Jade Holder, a resident at the Augusta YDC.
On Tuesday, corrections officer Tracy Banks was dismissed. He had been suspended with pay while investigators looked into allegations of an “inappropriate” relationship between Banks and a resident, according to a press release.
He is the ninth employee to be fired at YDC since November. Two others were demoted and offered positions at different facilities.
Buckner also issued a warning for the Augusta YDC’s remaining workers.
“I find this latest officer misconduct case particularly egregious,” Buckner said. “Because the events and blatant policy violations that led to the termination of JCO Tracy Banks for inappropriate conduct occurred even after we publicly announced we were bringing in agents from DJJ and the GBI to open investigations into misconduct cases at the Augusta YDC.”
The firing came after a daylong lockdown on Jan. 24 while GBI agents and DJJ investigators interviewed all of the YDC’s employees looking for evidence of sexual misconduct and contraband, the release says.
“Apparently we have some policy violators who might think we’re done, but we’re not,” Buckner said. “After our administrative probe is complete, the GBI investigations will continue and then criminal charges will be pursued.”
The release says more terminations are expected.