A former jailor for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office was recently charged with felony custodial sexual assault after he allegedly made “sexual contact” with a female inmate in May 2016.
Noah Boswell, 32, of Sandy Springs, was arrested May 21 of this year after the sheriff’s office’s Major Crimes Unit completed a criminal investigation into the incident, according to Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the agency.
Boswell had worked for the sheriff’s office since Feb. 11, 2015, when he was hired to work at the Forsyth County Jail.
Rainwater said he never held the title of deputy – a distinction in rank and oath.
“A sworn deputy and sworn jailor have two different oaths that we administer,” he said. “A sworn deputy is one that has already been to police academy and is mandated by the state; Boswell was [solely] a jailor with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.”
The incident, of which only limited details have been released, was investigated internally by the agency’s Internal Affairs Unit in June 2016 under then-Sheriff Duane Piper, which resulted in Boswell’s termination on August 23, 2016.
No further charges were pursued at that time.
Rainwater said the former administration neither conducted nor requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct a criminal investigation in conjunction with that review but that when Sheriff Ron Freeman took office in January, he ordered a review of “all previous major Internal Affairs cases.”
“The Major Crimes Unit found that there was a significant failure to criminally investigate this incident in 2016. Based on this finding, a criminal investigation into the alleged felony sexual contact with a person in custody was launched,” Rainwater said.
Upon completion of the criminal investigation, Rainwater said, “detectives met with the Forsyth County District Attorney to review the case findings” before issuing an arrest warrant.
“Significant evidence was presented that supported a criminal charge should be made against Noah Boswell for felony custodial sexual assault,” he said.
It was not immediately known whether Boswell had a disciplinary action record, though Rainwater said Internal Affairs had not investigated him prior to this incident.
He was released from the Forsyth County Jail on May 21 on $5,630 bond, Rainwater said.
The case is currently awaiting presentation to a grand jury, which will determine whether or not to indict him on the charge.