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Jail employee arrested and fired


A Clarke County Sheriff’s Office employee has been arrested and fired from the Sheriff’s Department for violating her oath of office, according to authorities.

Karen Amaya was a detention officer at the Clarke County Jail. Amaya allegedly engaged in what the office of Sheriff John Q. Williams called an “inappropriate relationship” with an inmate. Amaya turned herself in at the jail yesterday afternoon, and is charged with violating her oath of office, which carries a penalty if convicted of one to five years in prison.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.