ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County jail officer was fired Thursday following an investigation into what the Sheriff’s Office described as inappropriate physical contact with an inmate.
The incident occurred about three weeks earlier, and didn’t rise to the level of assault, HCSO Chief Deputy Tony Allen told the Times-News Sunday.
Allen said jail officer Scott Winkle “laid hands” upon an inmate while walking that inmate back to his cell following a disturbance.
The firing comes on the heels of former Hawkins County jail officer Roy Junior Mathes, 37, of Rogersville, being formally charged Wednesday with misdemeanor assault on an inmate stemming from an incident that occurred at the jail on Feb. 23.
Following the Mathes incident, Winkle and other jail officers received training on what constitutes appropriate physical contact with an inmate.
Winkle’s physical contact with the inmate didn’t result in injuries, and won’t result in a criminal investigation, but it does violate the HCSO regulations for physical contact, outlined during that training session, Allen said.
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