A deputy with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office has been arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
43-year-old Derrick Jeffrey Turner of Winder was charged this week with Computer Invasion of Privacy and Violation of Oath by a Public Officer.
According to the GBI, the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the state agency on May 18, 2022. The office asked the GBI to investigate a possible criminal misconduct of Turner who was employed as a deputy sheriff. It was believed that Turner accessed the personal data of an arrestee without a legitimate law enforcement purpose.
From the GBI:
The investigation revealed that on April 14, 2022, Turner used his Barrow County-issued computer to access the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) network to obtain information related to a subject for personal reasons. Turner was assigned to the patrol division of the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office at the time.
This investigation is active and ongoing. Once the investigation is complete, the case file will be given to Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office at (770) 307-3080 or the GBI Athens Field Office at (706) 552-2309.
Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.