Former Cobb sergeant indicted on charges of sex with inmates
by Jon Gillooly
March 22, 2013 12:00 AM | 6173 views | 5 5 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former Cobb Sgt. Alvin Sutherland
Former Cobb Sgt. Alvin Sutherland

A Cobb County grand jury on Thursday indicted a former Cobb Sheriff’s sergeant on charges that he had sexual encounters with four inmates at the county jail and elsewhere.

The charges against Alvin Blake Sutherland, 51, of Douglasville include rape, sexual assault against persons in custody and violation of his oath of office.

“The only thing I can tell you right now is we’re just maintaining his not guilty plea, and we’ll just deal with the indictment when we see it,” said Sutherland’s attorney, Christopher Flinn of Decatur.

The acts are believed to have occurred between June 2009 and Jan. 11 of this year.

Sutherland faces 21 counts: seven counts of aggravated sodomy; four counts of sexual assault against a person in custody; four counts of violation of oath by a public officer; three counts of making false statements; two counts of aggravated sexual battery; and one count of rape.

Sheriff Neil Warren has said investigators learned of the matter from an inmate complaint.

Sutherland was a former Marine and 10-year veteran of the department when he was arrested Jan. 18. He is being held without bond in the Douglas County Jail.

In one encounter, the indictment describes how Sutherland took a woman prisoner to a secluded area in the county jail before engaging in sexual activity with her.

If convicted of all charges, Sutherland could face a maximum penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole, said Kim Isaza, spokeswoman for the Cobb District Attorney’s office.

The case will be heard by Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary Staley.

Last month another sergeant with the Cobb Sheriff’s Office, Kristopher David Travitz, 37, of Douglasville, a 14-year veteran with the agency, was also arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a female inmate.

Due to a potential personal conflict between the D.A.’s office and Travitz, that case has been referred to the state’s Prosecuting Attorneys Council, which will assign a district attorney from outside of Cobb to handle it, Isaza said.

Ed. Note: A previous version of this story said that Sutherland was indicted on Tuesday. The indictment was on Thursday (3.21.2013). We apologize for the error.


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Just Wait
March 22, 2013
With two supervisors arrested for having sex with inmates, you have to wonder how true the rumors are of other illegal/immoral activity inside the Sheriff's Office.
Mr opinion
March 27, 2013
The sheriffs offices is just a office were many work very hard and professional,y to keep it in good standards and have it community's trust. It only takes one person from the office to have others from the community to pass judgement on many hard working professional men and women providing a services to a thankless job. But as the professional men and women they are they will continue to put on a uniform and wear it with pride.

Lets remember as long as you put on your uniform there will be those that have an opinion of you, it maybe good or bad but from me i will say THANK YOU for your services hold your heads high.
Rtired SO
March 22, 2013
Sutherland, what a piece of slim you turned out to be. No respect for yourself, your oath of office, those inmates you are accused of assaulting, and no respect for your law enforcement family. I hope they throw the book at you!
Mr opinion
March 27, 2013
You have to remember not to rush to judgement lets allow for the process to take its role. It's easy to rush to judgement when we don't have all the facts.

I could say that someone is a thief, then all of a sudden he is labeled without just cause. Lets remember that if after his court process he is found to be not guilty then what. Is your opinion still of this individual the same or does it change to he got away with it. Remember your not guilty until such time as a finding is entered. Retired S/O.
Not at this time
November 10, 2014
Looks like you called that one !
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