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Elderly Georgia Jail Guard Charged with Committing Rape While On Duty and In Uniform

by Jo Ellen Nott

On May 31, 2022, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) agents announced the arrest of an 81-year-old jail guard in Walker County who allegedly “had sex with a woman without her consent while on duty and in uniform,” according to the agency’s press release.

The guard, Jerry Glover, reportedly went to the home of the unnamed victim while he was on duty on May 11, 2022, committing the rape before returning to work, according to Sheriff Steve Wilson. Glover apparently knew the woman from the county court, where he was assigned to the Court Services Division, providing courtroom security and serving civil process.

The woman had been at the court after she was the victim of aggravated stalking by her ex-husband. When the octogenarian guard showed up at her house “uninvited and unannounced,” he was dressed in his uniform and carrying a stack of papers to make it look like he was working for the courts, she said. Once inside, Glover then reportedly forced her to have sex, Assistant District Attorney Winston Franklin said. When he finally left, she called the LaFayette Police Department, which then asked GBI for help in investigating the alleged sexual assault. 

Glover, who has worked for the county Sheriff’s Office over four decades off and on, as well as with the Atlanta Police Department, was arrested on June 1, 2022, and charged with rape, false imprisonment, and violation of his oath of office. Sheriff Wilson said Glover was fired from his job on May 27, 2022.

At a bond hearing on June 6, 2022, Glover was released on a $100,000 property bond put up by a neighbor and friend. The superior court judge restricted Glover’s movement to his 38-acre ranch in Rock Spring and his attorney’s office. The former lawman was also ordered to wear an ankle monitor.

In arguing for the bond, Glover’s attorney, Jad Johnson, cited his client’s advanced age and the help his wife needed on their “heavily” mortgaged ranch. He also mentioned the possibility Glover would be targeted in jail because he was a former deputy, promising that Glover was not a flight risk in “any shape, form, or fashion,” the Chattanooga Times-Free Press reported.

The newspaper also uncovered a written complaint made in 2016 against Glover by a woman from Flintstone, who met him by chance in a store and then five days later he showed up at her door in uniform on the pretense of conducting a vehicle search. After the woman made the incident public, Glover was warned then by a Sheriff’s Office captain to stay away from her residence and cautioned not to use his position for personal gain.  

The LaFayette woman accusing Glover of rape was present in the courtroom during his bond hearing. She cried silently until she began sobbing and repeating, “He’ll come back.” Glover’s lawyer said he will argue the sexual encounter was consensual.

Sources:  Chattanooga Times-Free Press, Daily Beast, New York Post  

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