The 24-year-old inmate, who was originally being held on a charge of third-degree domestic violence, was recently charged with sexual abuse in the first degree, a felony, according to a warrant for his arrest.
The incident occurred on Friday, Dec. 27, according to a police report. Sheriff Larry Amerson said that before the incident, the inmate had been causing a disturbance by yelling and banging on the door to his jail section while corrections officers were doing a walk-through.
When the corrections officer approached the inmate, he grabbed her right arm with one hand and used the other to touch her breast, the sheriff said. According to the sheriff, the prisoner continued to try and grab the officer as he was being led back to his cell.
The prisoner was still in the Calhoun County Jail Friday according to jail records and a warrant for his arrest. He is to appear in court on Feb. 3.
Staff writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @MCzebiniak_Star.
Editor's note: This story has been modified from its original version to remove the identity of the inmate. The Star ordinarily does not identify those accused of sex crimes unless there is a conviction or the accused pleads guilty, because the stigma of such charges can linger even after a suspect is exonerated. An editing error led the suspect in this case to be identified in the original version of the story.