VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Lowndes Co. Sheriff says that last Sunday afternoon, a woman's family called 911 to report the she had been assaulted by her live-in-boyfriend.
The person being accused was a deputy with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy Jonathan Barnes and the woman were involved in a verbal dispute that turned physical when Barnes demanded to see her cell phone. She refused, and they say Barnes physically assaulted her and took her telephone.
Monday, investigators sought criminal arrest warrants for Barnes. He has since appeared in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court for an arraignment hearing. A bond was posted.
Sheriff Chris Prine fired Barnes, and said, "This is an unfortunate situation, but we as law enforcement are held to a higher standard and this conduct will not be tolerated by any employee at the Sheriff's Office."
Barnes began with the Sheriff's Office in the Jail Operations Division and rose to deputy sheriff.
Sheriff Prine indicated the Sheriff's Office can be contacted at 671-2950 or anonymous tips can be provided at 671-2985 or on line at
Barnes is charged with Simple battery, False imprisonment, and theft by taking.