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Jailer accused of hitting inmate fired

1:29 PM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Authorities have charged a former Hall County jailer with hitting a handcuffed inmate.

The Times of Gainesville reports that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Thursday charged 24-year-old David Pirkle of Flowery Branch with simple battery and violation of oath of office. His bond was set at $10,000. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

The Hall County Sheriff's Office conducted an internal investigation into the Dec. 30 incident and determined Pirkle hit the inmate "without due cause." Pirkle, who was hired in August 2011 and had been on paid administrative leave during the investigation, was fire Monday.

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