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County detention officer arrested for forgery
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Katie Ann Moore. - photo by For the Dawson County News

A detention officer who resigned from the Dawson County Sheriff's Office last week was taken into custody early Tuesday afternoon on charges of forgery, false statements and violation of oath of public office.

The former detention officer, Katie Ann Moore, 29, of Murrayville, was arrested June 27 and charged with one count of forgery in the first degree, one count of violation of public office and one count of false statements and writings, all felony charges.

Moore was released on a $10,000 bond.

According to Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson, Moore is accused of presenting false statements and writings to the sheriff's office.

"Moore did present a document indicating that she was to report for military duty on a specific date that was determined to be fictitious," Johnson said. "The document appeared to be altered in appearance, which is what prompted staff to check on the validity of the order. Upon inquiry, it was determined to be fictitious."

Moore is a reserve officer for the Georgia National Guard. As of press time it was undetermined if the charges will affect her reserve status.

"I hate to speculate on what consequences she may face regarding her military service," Johnson said.

Moore worked at the sheriff's office from May 13, 2015 to June 19, 2017.

"Unfortunately this is very disappointing news," Johnson said. "I certainly do not want to be judgmental, but it appears that Katie made a very poor choice in this case.

"Any time an officer is arrested, it tends to cast a shadow upon all law enforcement officers. I want our community to know that this is not normal. We have an agency full of quality, experienced officers who make the right choices and choose to serve their community with honor and integrity."