Officials said a county maintenance worker who was assigned to work at the jail and who was at the party and took part of the plan has been “laid off,” said Assistant County Manager Blaine Williams.
Sgt. John Blalock and deputies Chris Parton, Brandy Burt and April Barber and county maintenance worker Justin Cleveland were at the party at Barber’s home with Angelica Johnson, a former inmate who is the girlfriend of current inmate Steven Boyd, according to a press release from the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell.
The group came up with a plan to circulate pictures in an effort to humiliate Boyd.
The pictures were of Cleveland “hugging and kissing” Johnson, Caldwell said. They were fully clothed, he said.
Alcohol was served at the party and as part of her probation, Johnson is not supposed to consume alcohol.
“Being there was a probationer there and they were helping her violate her probation, it was inappropriate,” Caldwell said.
A supervisor saw Cleveland show the pictures to Boyd at the jail and alerted Maj. Bob Sapp, the jail administrator, Caldwell said.
An internal investigation began on May 23, according to the news release.
Blalock and Barber resigned this week. Blalock had been employed with the sheriff’s office since Sept. 1, 2001, and Barber had been employed with the sheriff’s office since Dec. 28, 2005.
Parton and Burt will be suspended for three days without pay.
Those suspensions are expected to begin and end in the next few days, Caldwell said.
Also during the internal investigation, it was discovered that Blalock and Burt were in an inappropriate relationship, a violation of department policy.
It was also revealed that Barber was living with Cleveland and had not “notified any of their supervisors of these events.
Cleveland was hired by the county to do maintenance at the jail a year ago, Williams said.
He did not go through a background check because he was a certified correctional officer and had those checks already.
“Normally we perform a battery of checks,” Williams said.
When asked why the deputies and Cleveland planned the incident, Caldwell said he didn’t know.
“Why he (Blalock) cared enough to risk a 10-year career, I don’t know,” Caldwell said. “He wasn’t completely forthcoming in the investigation.”