Maricopa County AZ Jan 20 2017 A Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detention officer arrested last year on suspicion of having sex with an inmate has been fired.
Roy Ramey III's termination on Thursday comes the month after he was indicted by a state grand jury on four felony counts of unlawful sexual conduct.
Sheriff Paul Penzone announced the decision in a statement released Thursday.
"Incarceration is meant to be a punitive response to criminal activity," Penzone said in the emailed statement. "As those responsible for managing detention environments, we must stand above the actions of those who are incarcerated."
Ramey, 34, was arrested Sept. 22 and has since been on paid administrative leave. He has worked at Estrella Jail — the women's facility — since joining the Sheriff's Office in 2013.
According to Maricopa County Superior Court documents, Ramey admitted to escorting the inmate to a fictitious medical appointment in the jail twice last summer. Ramey instead took her to a private office and engaged in sexual acts with her, according to court documents.
In the latest release, sheriff's officials said the encounters were alleged to have occurred over a two-month period between June and July.
Ramey is scheduled for an arraignment hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court on Jan. 26.