A former jailer for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office who was charged with felony custodial sexual assault earlier this year after allegedly making sexual contact with a female inmate was recently indicted by a Forsyth County Grand Jury on similar charges.
Noah Boswell, 32, of Sandy Springs, was indicted on two counts of felony sexual assault of an inmate after he allegedly put his hand “on and about the buttocks” of a woman being held in the Forsyth County Jail in May 2016, according to the indictment.
It stated that Boswell also “did engage in sexual contact” by forcing the inmate to touch him inappropriately.
He was arrested May 21 of this year after the sheriff’s office Major Crimes Unit completed a criminal investigation into the incident, Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the agency, said in July.
Boswell worked for the sheriff’s office from Feb. 11, 2015, when he was hired to work at the jail, to Aug. 23, 2016, when he was terminated.
Rainwater said he never held the title of deputy — a distinction in rank and oath.
“A sworn deputy and sworn jailer 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 jailer 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, though 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.
Attempts to locate and contact Boswell by the Forsyth County News were unsuccessful.
He was released from the Forsyth County Jail on May 21 on $5,630 bond, Rainwater said.
Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Bagley will preside over the case, for which no dates have yet been set.