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File PhotoA Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office detention deputy has been arrested and charged with improper sexual contact with an inmate.

CONYERS – A Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office detention deputy has been arrested and charged with improper sexual contact with an inmate and violation of oath of office.

Aaron Frank, 19, of Conyers, was taken into custody Sept. 6, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. Frank was hired as a jailer April 22.

According to the release, the Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations Division was notified of an alleged sexual assault between Frank and a female inmate. The incident allegedly occurred on Aug. 28 or Aug. 29 inside the women’s annex laundry facility.

Investigators spoke with Frank and several inmates, including the alleged victim and several witnesses. During interviews Frank allegedly confessed to having improper sexual contact with the female inmate.

After consulting with the District Attorney’s Office, Frank was arrested on charges of improper sexual contact with an inmate and violation of oath of office.

Sheriff Eric J. Levett stated that he is proud of the way the investigation was handled in a quick and efficient manner.

“In less than 24 hours of notification of this incident Deputy Frank was arrested,” said Levett. “Deputy Frank’s job termination recommendation is pending his administrative due process hearing.

“I cannot express my displeasure and disappointment enough in Deputy Frank’s actions. I hold every one of my employees at a different level of accountability, and there is a level of community trust that is associated with this career. Please know — there is absolutely no exception in any case of misconduct by any employee of the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office that will go unanswered.”

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.