HURRICANE – A former corrections deputy with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was arrested and charged with sexual misconduct, according to a statement released today by Detective Nate Abbott with the Washington County Sheriff’s office.
Steven Garrett Thayer was charged with eight counts of sexual misconduct. Seven of the counts are listed as class-A misdemeanors and one is listed as a third-degree felony. The specific charges that Thayer faces indicate that the alleged offenses may involve sexual activity with an inmate.
Abbott said he was not able to comment on the details or circumstances of the case in light of the ongoing investigation. He said that the investigation is being conducted externally by the St. George Police Department.
Thayer was fired from his job on Oct. 9, Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jake Schultz said, although his dismissal wasn’t officially announced until today.
“We feel very badly when our employee breaks the public trust,” Abbott said. “In this case we have taken decisive action. I can say that at this time, Mr. Thayer is no longer an employee of Washington County.”
Thayer has been booked and released from Purgatory Correctional Facility after posting $17,950 bail.
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