LAWRENCEVILLE -- A seven-year veteran with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department has resigned following his arrest for allegedly having sex with an inmate, officials said Thursday.
Deputy Duone Clark, 40, is charged with felony sexual assault and violating his oath of public office for an alleged encounter at the Gwinnett County Jail the morning of Jan. 13.
Clark was hired by the department in May 2003 and was in charge of overseeing a pod of between 65 and 85 inmates on the day in question, said Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Sean Smith.
The matter came to light when the alleged victim made an outcry to authorities at the jail. Clark was initially put on administrative leave, Smith said.
"As the investigation continued, we found enough evidence to secure warrants," Smith said. "Witnesses have been interviewed, and that was part of it."
The alleged victim, age 36, has been incarcerated since November on charges of financial identity fraud and theft by deception, along with probation violations. He's accused of trying to purchase tools and other materials at a Suwanee Home Depot with a stolen credit card in November.
The Daily Post does not identify alleged victims of sex crimes.
Clark is not accused of forcing himself on the inmate, but Smith said that's a moot point.
"Basically, if you're under my care as a deputy, then anything I do whether consensual or not is assumed under distress," Smith said.
Clark was transferred to a jail in Oconee County for "safety and security reasons" following an initial appearance in Gwinnett, Smith said. Superior Court Judge Tom Davis has ordered that Clark be held without bond.