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Jailer fired over sexual harassment

POSTED: June 18, 2014 4:00 a.m.

A Dawson County Detention Center officer was fired last month after an investigation into accusations he had sexually harassed a former female co-worker.

According to reports obtained through an open records request to the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, Jonathan Biles violated the agency's employee code of conduct and workplace harassment policies.

Biles, who had been employed as a jailer since January 2013, was dismissed May 9 following an internal affairs investigation.

A summary of the investigation outlined the former co-worker's allegations that Biles sat on her lap, rubbed her leg and asked her to exchange sexual favors.

During her exit interview, the former jailer cited her conflict with Biles as the main reason for leaving the sheriff's office.

The investigation also revealed that Biles had engaged in inappropriate conduct with inmates, with at least one female confirming she had shown him tattoos on her chest when he asked to see them.

In addition, another jailer acknowledged Biles had removed his pants in the presence of other workers.

He was fired after Sheriff Billy Carlisle reviewed the report's findings.

"I will not tolerate violations of sexual and workplace harassment," Carlisle wrote in Biles' termination notice.

 

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