CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - A jail worker who had sex with an inmate in the jail kitchen has been cleared and all charges dropped.
Prosecutors told a judge they were dismissing the felony charge of sexual assault by a corrections officer against Sakura Thomas. Thomas' attorney said she never should have been charged.
"She has wasted her life sitting in jail unlawfully," said attorney Jackie Patterson.
Clayton County sheriff's investigators arrested Thomas in June. Deputies said the contract employee, who worked in the jail kitchen, had sex with inmate Antwuan Jackson several times in the kitchen freezer.
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Patterson said the law doesn't apply to people like Thomas.
"You have to be a supervisory or have disciplinary authority over an inmate," he explained. He said Thomas doesn't have authority over any inmate, so a judge dismissed the felony charge.
According to the affidavit, Thomas bragged to friends about the relationship. Someone called the Sheriff's Office, and that's when deputies found 174 calls placed to the jail from Thomas' phone.
Channel 2 Action News also learned Thomas would sneak Jackson food and had his name tattooed on her wrist.
James Wilson said Thomas is lucky she no longer faces a felony but she is also out of a job.
"I guess in that case, it's definitely not worth it," he said.
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