CUMMING — A Forsyth County Sheriff’s jailer has been placed on administrative leave following his arrest as part of an ongoing internal and criminal investigation.
Deputy Josh Delano, 28, was arrested Nov. 29 and placed on immediate leave after posting a $12,760 bond that same day, according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Cpl. Robin Regan.
According to Forsyth County Jail records, Delano has been charged with one count each of aggravated assault and simple battery.
The arrest warrant was taken out Nov. 28. According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s report, the charges stem from a confrontation that day at the Anderson Lake Road home of Delano’s in-laws.
The incident report shows that Delano got into an argument over a personal matter with a 21-year-old man who was reportedly checking on pets at the home while the owners were out of town.
It escalated into a physical fight, with both sides exchanging blows before neighbors broke it up.
“We cannot comment on the nature of the matter until both the internal and criminal investigation is closed,” Regan said.
He added that no other agency is involved in the case.
While an internal investigation is ongoing, administrative leave is paid. Any disciplinary action and loss of paid leave is based on the investigation’s findings and handled on a case-by-case basis.
Delano has worked for the sheriff’s office since September 2014 and is assigned to the jail division.
Delano is also a volunteer firefighter in neighboring Dawson County. Lanier Swafford, Dawson’s chief of emergency services, said Delano has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.
Michele Hester of the Dawson County News contributed to this report.