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SLED: DJJ Officer Accused of Sex Acts with Inmate

12:44 PM, Oct 7, 2011   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice officer is being accused of having sex with an inmate, State Law Enforcement Division agents say.

Agents say Gary Whisonant, 28, is charged with sexual misconduct of with an inmate, two counts of misconduct in office, and assault and battery.

According to arrest warrants, between August 1 and September 23 of this year, Whisonant had performed sex acts on an inmate on multiple occasions.

The document states these incidents took place on the Birchwood Campus of the DJJ's facility in Richland County.

Another warrant states Whisonant touched the private parts of an inmate without consent. This incident, according to the report, took place on an activity bus.

According to the DJJ website, Birchwood is a part of the DJJ campus which offers several programs for inmates. It also houses the Birchwood School, where inmates go to middle and high school.

The Associated Press reports Whisonant has been fired.

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