A former Grovetown Department of Public Safety officer recently indicted for sexual misconduct with a female inmate denied the charges at a Friday arraignment hearing.
Jon Eric Austin Stripling, 38, of Railroad Avenue in Grovetown, pled not guilty to three counts of sexual assault by a person with supervisory authorities and violation of oath by a public officer at the hearing in Evans.
A Columbia County grand jury indicted Stripling on July 16 and he turned himself in to authorities on July 23.
A woman who was being held in the Grovetown Department of Public Safety Detention Center accused Stripling of sexually assaulting her during a short stay at the facility in April 2013, according to the indictment. The 31-year-old woman, who was being held on drug charges, was later transferred to the Columbia County Detention Center, where she made the allegations against Stripling.
Stripling is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.