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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firefigthenhamer
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firefigthenhamer 07/23/08 - 08:13 pm
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gotta, who are you referring

gotta, who are you referring to as rabid, I have noticed posts by a rabid coyote, looks as his are in response to hamer's insults, am I wrong?

firefigthenhamer
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firefigthenhamer 07/23/08 - 09:23 pm
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keepinitreal, it was tough on

keepinitreal, it was tough on whitey too son, back in the day!

sunkeye
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sunkeye 07/24/08 - 02:10 am
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I get more and more confused

I get more and more confused about the sentences given out in Georgia and South Carolina by the judges. This appears to be an abuse of power on the part of the judge. I have no doubt the guy should have been fired, but 3 years in jail is just ridiculous.

hisfaith2003
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hisfaith2003 07/24/08 - 04:50 am
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I think he got what he

I think he got what he deserve, i don't care if he was wearing a uniform. A man has no right having unwanted conversation or unwanted attention with anyone to make them feel uncomfrontable. I don't care if she is in jail or on the street. I never been in jail but i have been around jail guards in my line of business and some of there conversations are inapprobate. When you take a oeth to protect and service that is your job and not make unwanted committs, so i say good for him, maybe they will think before they say something stupid......

Confused
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Confused 07/24/08 - 05:07 am
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The inmate was not female!!!!

The inmate was not female!!!! Maybe that's why the sentence was as long as it is. None the less; we need to uplift him in prayer.

stumpjumper
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stumpjumper 07/24/08 - 11:10 am
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Come on, you idiot's. Racial

Come on, you idiot's. Racial or not, Black or white, the damn law was broken and i'm sure she didn't entice him in any way sexually. LOL Punish him to the fullest extent of the law, and look over her exposing her body parts to him. LOL
she's a female and has the upper hand regardless.

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biobry4 07/24/08 - 11:11 am
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thanks, gottab. I realize

thanks, gottab. I realize that we're all entitled to our opinions, but Justus4 spewing all this senseless negativity that gets us nowhere... I just can't take it anymore!

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beelow37 07/24/08 - 11:12 am
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(: WOW- this is so crazy.

(: WOW- this is so crazy. It's more to the story than the tax payers being told but guess what Mr. Smalls isn't worried the tax payers of Richmond County will be taken care of him. Three meals a day, air condition, private room due to being a ex-deputy, lights and cable. Need I say more hmm I can tell it all but in another story...

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crazyoldman 07/24/08 - 11:12 am
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marley is right. This Homo

marley is right. This Homo perv most likly just now finly got cought. The problem here is that the judge gave him three years to to do all the homo stuff he wants and then he'll be back out to harm someone else.

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cm_tech 10/10/08 - 01:30 am
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After the 16-5-42. 01-

After the 16-5-42. 01- 05

Duncan Wheale paid $120,000 to former Attorney General Mike Bowers (in the early part of the new millennium) as reported by a Chronicle writer. The payment was for Wheale’s courtroom gun antics and terroristic threats defense. The GBI investigation discovered much more than the original file charged being investigated would uncover: 1) A court reporters testimony that JDW had requested official tapes be destroyed. 2) That the tape destroyed contained JDW making another gun threat on tape while in a courtroom prior to the WTC event, and the ATL jail killings. 3) By default this means the Judge lied to GBI investigators when first questioned about guns in the courtroom. 4) Telling men in a courtroom he is going to have them beaten and sodomized by 6 200+ lb men isn’t sadistic, it’s purely Satanic. 5) Many bar members complained that the were neither able to be present at hearings nor were they able to present their case testimony if they were in the courtroom 6) Removing jewelry from a defendant (as witnessed by Michael Spence) is theft by taking, jewelry goes into State Custody with personal belongings during the jail booking processes 7) One mo

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