Decatur County Sheriff’s officer Robert Humphrey arrested and terminated from position

Published 5:43 pm Friday, June 3, 2016

Robert Lamar Humphrey, a former Decatur County Sheriff’s Officer, turned himself into the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Thursday, June 2 after a warrant was taken out for his arrest. He was charged with a felony count of violation of oath by Public Officer and a misdemeanor charge of obstruction.

According to a GBI press release, Humphrey was charged at the conclusion of a month long investigation. He is accused of obstructing a GBI investigation.

According to the release, on May 3, 2016, the South Georgia Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office requested that the Thomasville GBI office investigate Humphrey for obstructing a case being investigated by a separate GBI office.

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“This case has nothing to do with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Wiley Griffin said. “This is a conversation between Mr. Humphrey and a Bainbridge Public Safety officer about a GBI case.”

BPS Deputy Director Frank Green declined comment saying that it is an ongoing GBI investigation.

Bainbridge City Manager Chris Hobby said that they were notified of the ongoing investigation about a week ago by GBI.

“This has been a GBI investigation from the outset,” Hobby said. “I was informed by our folks at BPS of the investigation…[GBI] informed [BPS] out of courtesy.”

Griffin confirmed that Humphrey was terminated from his position at DCSO on Thursday after the charges were filed.

“The GBI called me June 2 and said that they had a warrant for Mr. Humphrey,” Griffin said. “I advised Mr. Humphrey this charge would require me to terminate him, and I wish Mr. Humphrey the best of luck in resolving this case.”

Humphrey was released on a $3,500 bond Thursday afternoon.

According to GBI Thomasville office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bahan Rich, the investigation is ongoing.


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