Inappropriate talk gets jailer 3 years

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A judge imposed a three-year prison sentence Tuesday on a former deputy jailer who exchanged lurid and suggestive banter with an inmate.

"You should be absolutely ashamed," Judge Duncan D. Wheale said to Joseph K. Smalls.

Mr. Smalls, 44, who pleaded guilty, had worked as a Richmond County sheriff's deputy for only a few months when a conversation between him and a 27-year- old inmate was secretly recorded.

The inmate complained in February about Mr. Smalls' inappropriate behavior.

Mr. Smalls admitted he was wrong but said he didn't mean to harm anyone.

Assistant District Attorney Mukti Patel said a jailer could never have an equal relationship with an inmate because he is in complete control over inmates. She asked the judge for an order that would prohibit Mr. Smalls from ever being a law enforcement officer again.

By refusing to grant first offender status to Mr. Smalls, the judge ensured Mr. Smalls can never be certified as a police officer again.

Mr. Smalls said he had worked at the sheriff's office about six months. He had also worked for about a year with the state Department of Corrections, and for about four years in the juvenile justice system, he said.

"You abused your position of power, in my opinion, no differently than white police officers (who abused jailed black inmates) did 50 and 60 years ago," Judge Wheale said.

In addition to the prison term, Mr. Smalls will serve two years on probation.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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Honden
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Honden 07/23/08 - 08:31 am
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Isn't Mr Smalls more of what

Isn't Mr Smalls more of what we think of as a REAL sex offender than a 17 yr old female that got caught with her teen boyfriend? Mr Small's actions were in fact those of a "predator" afterall.

Honden
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Honden 07/23/08 - 08:41 am
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justus, is it ok for a

justus, is it ok for a "brotha" ( any brotha ) to treat YOU the same way Mr Smalls treated the inmate? How bout a White dude? Chinese?, maybe an Eskimo or Native American Indian? Would the race of the male really matter (to you)?

intheknow
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intheknow 07/23/08 - 08:46 am
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A " Brotha". Some of you

A " Brotha". Some of you posters kill me. Better to let people think you are a fool....

stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/23/08 - 09:01 am
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It isn't like this doesn't

It isn't like this doesn't happen all the time, he just got caught, my friend is a corrections officer and she said this type of stuff is always going on. It's not ok for guards to fraternize with inmates. Justus, wow do you have a big chip weighing you down.....

Honden
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Honden 07/23/08 - 09:08 am
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his term (justus4) not mine

his term (justus4) not mine

PLAYLIKETHUNDER4
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PLAYLIKETHUNDER4 07/23/08 - 09:08 am
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you people please overlook

you people please overlook justus4.....he is every jigs victim....everything is someone else's fault....for example it's his school teachers' falt he is so pitifully stupid.....

chacha2008
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chacha2008 07/23/08 - 09:24 am
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Again another Judge Wheale

Again another Judge Wheale misjustice to the justice system and the tax payers of Georgia. I realize what he did was wrong, very wrong! But three years? Sounds like a cover up of something more going on and good old Duncan Wheale was right there to make sure someone got screwed!

toldya
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toldya 07/23/08 - 09:29 am
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If the prison guard (man or

If the prison guard (man or woman) actually kissed an inmate and fondled them, threatened the inmate with coercive tactics in order to keep the inmate quiet- 3 years is not long enough. Thats basically a hostage situation. The fact that both the guard and inmate were men- and I am to assume the prisoner was not gay- they should have thrown the book at the guard.

intheknow
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intheknow 07/23/08 - 09:40 am
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I missed the part where it

I missed the part where it stated that the inmate was a male.

toldya
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toldya 07/23/08 - 09:48 am
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Slimjim stated that he was a

Slimjim stated that he was a male.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 07/23/08 - 10:00 am
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Wow, but like Sienfeld said,

Wow, but like Sienfeld said, " Not that there is anything wrong with it".

toldya
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toldya 07/23/08 - 10:02 am
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Firefight: there's nothing

Firefight: there's nothing wrong with it if BOTH consent to it- right?

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 07/23/08 - 10:10 am
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No, I am talking about two

No, I am talking about two males. There is plenty wrong with an officer-inmate relationship. But two adult male or female should be able to like whomever they wish. Personally I am strictly into females, but different strokes for different folks. I hope that came out right.

mable8
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mable8 07/23/08 - 10:33 am
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The jailer had no business to

The jailer had no business to either speak to or touch anyone in an inappropriate manner; the situation is made worse because the victim had no place to go and was at the mercy of the jailer's actions. Given Judge Wheale's remarks to the offender, he was letting the offender, and everyone else, know that not only is discrimination wrong, but so is reverse discrimination--the law prohibits such behavior and the public has the right to be protected from these type of actions. It is when judges ignore the law that signals we are in severe distress because, at that point, no one is protected. Kudos for Judge Wheale's decision and remarks.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 07/23/08 - 10:51 am
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" REVERSED DISCRIMINATION'?

" REVERSED DISCRIMINATION'? Now the inmate is a white male? Dose not matter, jusr wondering where all this information is coming from.

JimiBob
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JimiBob 07/23/08 - 11:13 am
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3 years sounds good to me. :)

3 years sounds good to me. :)

jack
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jack 07/23/08 - 11:16 am
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Rea;ity, face reality, what

Rea;ity, face reality, what happened 50-60 yearsa ago has nothing to do with what happens in our jails today or the standards they now work under.

jack
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jack 07/23/08 - 11:20 am
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inJustus4, you're as full of

inJustus4, you're as full of racist crap as always. I agree with Waymore, but see NOTHING racial about what Wheale has given some one who has so abused their position over others in their care.

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keepinitreal 07/23/08 - 11:51 am
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And another prophecy

And another prophecy fulfilled. Never thought we would see the day that justice is how it should be. Don't be flamed by the remarks the judge made to give conviction, which he wasn't lyin. It used to be hard on a brother during the days he's speakin on. Anyway, I applaud you Judge Wheale.

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arcdog 07/23/08 - 12:33 pm
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patriciathomas - please keep

patriciathomas - please keep your ignorant comments to a minimum - this was not about "women's rights" you moron - the victim was a male. This inmate complained over and over about being groped by the male jailor, and no one believed him until they wired him up and got it on tape. You may think its okay for jailors to feel up inmates on a regular basis, but I dont, and it sure as hell isnt about political correctness.

I mean seriously, as dumb as you are, how do you even get your computer turned on each day?

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marley 07/23/08 - 12:42 pm
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He worked for the Juvenile

He worked for the Juvenile Justice system for 4 years prior. SCARY

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bone 07/23/08 - 12:54 pm
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gee, arcdog, you could

gee, arcdog, you could probably limit your PT abuse to ignorant, moron, or dumb and make the same point: PT was erroneous in assuming the DA was striking a blow for women's rights. i do wonder whether some of the posters are correct in guessing the race of the jailer (black) and inmate (white) unless there is other information available which we aren't privy to in this story. by the way, PT, i don't believe you are ignorant, a moron, or dumb - just guilty of jumping to a conclusion like the rest of us do from time to time (except for arcdog, of course, who never does anything ignorant, moronic, or dumb).

toldya
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toldya 07/23/08 - 01:01 pm
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marly: I agree with you-

marly: I agree with you- matterof fact- its freaking scary

augusta4real_yall
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augusta4real_yall 07/23/08 - 01:12 pm
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How about the newspaper stop

How about the newspaper stop printing any articles that even hint at any racism so discriminatory acts will receive less publicity. It isn't going away for any race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, or sex. So why continue to fuel the flames of discrimination? What a waste of news reporting.

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biobry4 07/23/08 - 02:50 pm
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i'm so sick of reading

i'm so sick of reading justus4's ignorant opinions. i just clicked on his/her profile, and nearly every single comment is this person playing the race card. we get it, justus4!! you're tired of the white man trying to bring us "brothas" (justus4's word, not mine) down. well guess what. from one black person to another, please shut your hole. no progress in racial relations will ever be made with defensive, uninformed, unjustified, ignorant comments like yours being made.

firemans mom
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firemans mom 07/23/08 - 03:04 pm
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I am sorry they are giving

I am sorry they are giving him more time than they do to a pedophile.

toldya
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toldya 07/23/08 - 03:32 pm
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biobry4: good for you! we're

biobry4: good for you! we're all tired of the race card. Its raining- because the white man made it rain, its sunny and hot- the white man made it hot, yada yada yada

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 07/23/08 - 03:42 pm
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Yes, tell just4 to be quiet

Yes, tell just4 to be quiet but give rabid a pass. Click on his name, rather names if you can find them all, then come back and comment.

toldya
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toldya 07/23/08 - 04:04 pm
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rabid=rabid (name says it

rabid=rabid (name says it all)

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enana03 07/23/08 - 06:12 pm
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The full story is not

The full story is not known..... First, this was not an isolated incident, secondly, race had nothing to do with it, and third, the inmate was not female. My source is extremely reliable as it's one of Small's relatives so stop fighting and picking about things you are not informed about. He knew what he was doing was illegal and thus should suffer the consequences. Law enforcement personnel should be and are held to a higher standard.

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