An Oakland County Sheriff's deputy was arraigned Monday afternoon on charges he had sexual contact with a female prisoner.
Garry Donnell Jackson, 52, faces three counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct. The charge carries a maximum penalty of fifteen years in prison.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office says another female inmate reported the incidents on September 2nd. According to Jackson’s lawyer Steve Vitale, the activity is alleged to have happened in a broom closet.
“Where there are conveniently no cameras or corroborating evidence," Vitale said.
Investigators determined the sexual contact was consensual, but under Michigan law, a prisoner cannot give consent to a guard.
“He has an exemplary record,” said Vitale. “He adamantly denies these charges. The allegations by the inmate are false.”
Jackson has been a deputy in the Sheriff’s Corrections Department since 1997.
The Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that Jackson “has brought dishonor to the badge and violated public trust.” It plans to fire Jackson, who has already been suspended. He is free on a ten thousand dollar personal bond.
The alleged victim is 24. She is serving time until November for retail fraud and a probation violation.