Originally created 07/25/02

Jailer investigated for assault

Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength has initiated an internal investigation of a female jailer after a fellow officer accused her of choking a 13-year-old burglary suspect.

Deputy Anna Ligon will continue working at the jail while internal affairs officers look into her actions with the Hephzibah juvenile, who the sheriff described as disruptive and uncooperative. The boy was not injured.

The 13-year-old had consumed two bottles of wine shortly before his arrest Wednesday morning, police said. Deputy Ligon was trying to fingerprint and photograph the boy at the Walton Way Jail when the handcuffed youth balled his fist up and swung his head around, Sheriff Strength said.

"At one point, she grabbed him by the throat," the sheriff said. "One of the officers saw it and reported it. I ask for internal affairs to investigate it."

The boy, charged with two counts of burglary, is accused of breaking into Ethan's Store on Inwood Drive in Hephzibah and stealing cigarettes and wine. After the juvenile was booked at the jail, he was released to his parents.

Sheriff Strength said the officer's actions will be investigated. He said neither the boy or his parents have complained about the officer's actions, only the jail employee.

Reach Greg Rickabaugh at (706) 828-3851 or greg.rickabaugh@augustachronicle.com.


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