COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Now out of a job after landing behind bars herself earlier this week, a Columbus juvenile corrections officer has been fired following accusations of sexually assaulting an underage inmate while on duty.
Muscogee County Sheriff's deputies arrested 29 year old Phoenicia Hill on Wednesday and charged her with one count each of sexual assault against a person in custody and violation of oath of office. An internal investigation is now happening at the Muscogee Youth Detention Center in Columbus.
Jim Shuler with the Department of Juvenile Justice notified WTVM, confirming that, "An official DJJ letter of termination was sent to JCO Phoenicia Hill's former workplace at Muscogee YDC today and that her termination from the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is effective as of close of business today."
Hill was initially placed on paid suspension immediately following the claims, but has since been fired.
The Department of Juvenile Justice originally issued this statement on the investigation, before Hill was terminated.
Hill bonded out of the Muscogee County Jail on Thursday.