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He was a jail guard when he had sex with an inmate, records say

Warren Avery was sentenced to two years in prison for sex crimes against a woman while she was jailed in George County for failure to pay old fines.
Warren Avery was sentenced to two years in prison for sex crimes against a woman while she was jailed in George County for failure to pay old fines. Sun Herald file

A former George County jail guard was indicted Monday on charges accusing him of having sex with an inmate.

Warren Avery, 59, pleaded not guilty Monday to two felony charges of unlawful sexual activity.

Avery is accused of having consensual sex with a female inmate on two occasions on Sept. 7, 2016.

He is scheduled to return to court in April.

At Monday's court appearance, Avery told the judge he has been unable to find an attorney to represent him because he doesn't have the money to pay them up front. He said he's currently working and making $15 an hour.

Judge Dale Harkey called on Public Defender David Futch to represent him.

George County Sheriff Keith Havard fired Avery last year after an investigation into alleged sex crimes.

Avery isn't the first former jail guard to face similar charges.

Two former Jackson County jailers are serving five years in prison each after pleading guilty to charges of unlawful sexual activity in that county.

Former jail guards Jonathan Jenkins, 33, of Indianola, and Bradley Scott Davis, 36, of Moss Point, are each serving two-year prison sentences for having sex with an inmate while serving as guards at the jail.

Jenkins admitted having sex with a female inmate in September 2016, while Davis admitted having sex with an inmate in June 2016.

Once they are released from prison, both will have to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives.

Avery remains free on bond pending trial.

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Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45

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