Former sheriff's employee faces charges

Published 11/16 2012 05:02PM

Updated 11/16 2012 06:21PM

Update: 5:02 pm
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- A former correctional officer is now on the other side of the law. 33-year old Sara Garrett was arrested Thursday. She's facing several charges.

Garrett had only been working at the county jail five months. Officials say, in September, she let it slip to an inmate that an informant was wearing a recording device. Word got around and that inmate was attacked. Garrett is charged with official misconduct.

She's also facing charges of aggravated battery and mob action for an incident this weekend. The State's Attorney's office says Garrett got in a fight with a man over the phone. She and her boyfriend allegedly went to where the victim was and the boyfriend reportedly punched and kicked the man until he lost consciousness.

Garrett was fired from her position. Officials say they expect to make another arrest in the case. Garrett is being held in Piatt County for her own safety on $100,000 bond for each case. If convicted, she faces five years in prison.

Original: 11:22 am
CHAMPAIGN -- A former correctional officer faces charges including aggravated battery and mob action. 33-year old Sara Garrett was arrested Thursday, about 4 pm after an investigation into an incident which happened Saturday.

Details of the incident have not been made public, but officials say Garrett was not on duty at the time. She's no longer an employee of the sheriff's department.

She's expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon. She was transferred to another county for temporary holding.

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