A detention officer who resigned last month amid an investigation into inappropriate relationship with a female inmate had previously been reprimanded for similar behavior, according to documents in his personnel file.
Luciano Betancourt was arrested Sept. 4 on the charge of violation of oath by a public officer after a former inmate told investigators the two had been involved in a romantic relationship while she was still incarcerated.
According to Deputy Sheriff Greg Rowan, the relationship reportedly occurred while the inmate was on work release and while Betancourt was off duty.
A written reprimand dated July 23, 2017 states that while reviewing camera footage for an unrelated reason, an officer noted that Betancourt had spent time with two females in a certain cell block every shift he worked over a span of 16 days.
“Betancourt would stop and spend several minutes talking with the two females, had the females cleaning the showers in their whites and remained in the pod while they were off camera in the shower,” the reprimand reads. “Betancourt remained at the table nearest the shower where he had full visual contact with the inmates.”
The reprimand also states that there had been no allegation made by any inmates and that Betancourt had expressed he did understand that potential for accusations from his behaviors.
Prior to working at Dawson County Betancourt was employed at the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. According to Corporal Doug Rainwater, public information officer at FCSO, Betancourt worked in the jail for less than a year and was terminated during his probationary period.
Rainwater said that Betancourt was not fired due to treatment of prisoners but because “he was not able to keep up with our work standards.”
Betancourt’s evaluations at the DCSO show that he was often late to work as well as failed to follow other policies while working in the jail.
On his job application, dated Dec. 31, 2015, Betancourt stated that he had used marijuana and unknown pills in the past, but he was offered a conditional offer of employment in May 2016 contingent upon him passing a medical examination and drug screen as well as a psychological examination. He was hired in June 2016.
Betancourt was released from jail on a $5,200 bond.