Rabun jailer charged with battery of inmate

TIGER — The GBI arrested a recently fired Rabun County Detention Center jailer Friday because of his “inappropriate actions” against an inmate, according to investigators.

The Rabun County Sheriff’s Office requested Tuesday that the GBI conduct a review of jailer Jason Michael Fair, 34, of Clayton. Three days later, GBI officers arrested Fair on charges of battery, violation of oath of office and false statements and writings, agent Kimberly Williams said.

The jailer was arrested on charges of battery, violation of oath of office and false statements and writings.

Fair was booked into the Rabun County Detention Center. His bond was set at $23,000, according to detention records.

After the investigation concludes, the case will be turned over to the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney, George Christian, for prosecution.

Rabun County Sheriff Chad Nichols commented on the matter and said his department takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and will continue to investigate all complaints.

“The Sheriff’s Office takes all allegations of employee misconduct seriously and will investigate those complaints thoroughly, whether it is conducted by our office or by requesting assistance from outside agencies such as the Georgia Bureau of Investigations,” Nichols said. “As members of the Sheriff’s Office, we all take an oath to serve and protect our citizens no matter where that service is to be provided. We take this oath seriously and will ensure that this oath is upheld. Because the GBI is the lead agency in this investigation, any further details of the investigation will be released by that agency.”