Former jailer facing sexual harassment allegations

A former Faulkner County Detention Center jailer facing sexual assault allegations was arrested Friday.

 

John Franklin Hurt, 36, of Greenbrier was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree sexual assault.

Chief Deputy Matt Rice said Hurt was fired from the detention center Oct. 23 following internal complaints, triggering an investigation. The internal investigation led to criminal charges, and from there, was handed over to the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.

“We try to keep our people to a higher standard. If we see a law has been broken, we are going to hold them to it,” Rice said of the charge filed against Hurt.

According to a probable cause affidavit, an Act 309 inmate filed a complaint against Hurt on Oct. 17. An Act 309 inmate is an individual serving a prison sentence in a county jail after serving at least six months in prison. Any inmate convicted of capital murder, first-degree murder, a sexual offense or who has attempted escape, serving a life sentence or sentenced to death is excluded from becoming an Act 309 inmate.

The inmate reported Hurt “told her she was bent over the wrong way and then ‘smirked’ saying ‘there are no cameras in here’” when he accompanied her to get supplies from the supply room, according to the affidavit.

Hurt allegedly asked her what her bra size was and “made several comments about the size of her breast[s].”

As she left the supply room, he “grabbed her butt” and “told her he would be back to work that night if she was interested in showing him her breast[s],” she reported.

Another inmate filed a report against Hurt the next day, Oct. 18, stating he made inappropriate comments about a photo of her that he looked up on Facebook.

Other reports filed against Hurt noted he was “being disgusting” and making inappropriate comments about a “blood flow check” when checking a female inmate’s blood pressure.

Hurt initially denied making any comments about a “blood flow test” when questioned by CID but later said he was just “messing around” with the inmate, according to the affidavit.

He denied inappropriately touching the first inmate who filed a complaint against him, stating “he just patted her on the back and then went back down stairs.”

Hurt told investigators during the interview this was not the first time he’d been accused of sexual assault.

“When asked if he had any other accusations of sexual assault, Mr. Hurt replied that he was accused of sexual assault from his previous employment at McDonald’s in Greenbrier,” the affidavit reads.

Hurt is set to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. for a plea and arraignment hearing regarding the sexual harassment charge.

 

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