Prison official fired after sending Facebook friend request to female inmate

Dewayne Powers 
By: Ryan Lee Hall 

Two male prison officials couldn’t contain themselves, and they sent sexual messages to a female prison inmate on Facebook, as well as to her mobile phone.

Authorities in northeast Georgia said that a jail deputy was fired and another resigned after they sent Facebook friend requests to a female inmate while she was imprisoned in the county jail.

Oconee County Jail Deputy Dewayne Powers was fired and Rep. Andrea Rogers resigned following an internal investigation that revealed that both men had "inappropriate communications" with a female inmate, 23.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Lee Weems said on Monday, that the men sent Facebook friend requests to the woman while she was being held in jail, and Powers also sent a text message to the inmate. In addition, both deputies were involved in face to face conversations of a sexual nature with the inmate, according to Weems.

The allegations came to the attention of Sheriff Scott Berry, on July 23, the day that the inmate, whose name was not released, joined the prison. The woman told her boyfriend, who told the sheriff, said Weems.

The prisoner, who was jailed on June 28, had no access to her phone or computer, while she was in prison, but an examination of her account showed the friend requests sent by the men, and a review of her phone displayed the text message, the report said.

Powers was fired, while Rogers resigned following a hearing on August 3. Weems said Powers had 10 days to file an appeal, but he did not.