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Rockdale deputy fired for relationship with inmate

A Rockdale detention deputy was fired for developing and continuing an inappropriate relationship with an inmate currently being housed in the Rockdale County Jail.

Anna Salva, 31, of Conyers, was terminated by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, Jan. 15, after an internal affairs investigation looked into allegations of inappropriate contact between Salva and an inmate were revealed.

The initial report to the Office of Professional Standards alleged that Salva had developed a personal relationship with an inmate that is currently being housed in the Rockdale County Jail.

During the investigation, it was determined that Salva met and became close friends with the inmate after exchanging handwritten notes with the inmate during the hours in which she was working within the jail. The relationship grew stronger when Salva provided her cell phone number to the inmate and allowed him to make pre-paid phone calls to her during her off-duty time. At present, over 500 minutes of recorded phone conversations between Salva and the inmate have been archived by OPS investigators. Salva used her personal funds to place money on the inmate's fund account. She also used personal funds to send the inmate care packages through the jail's commissary vendor using an alias name to avoid detection by the jail staff. Additionally, Salva created an online account through the jail's pre-paid phone service provider and transferred personal funds to the inmates account so he could make phone calls to her. The OPS investigation determined that the allegations were founded and Salva was placed on paid administrative leave. Salva also admitted to all allegations. There was no evidence discovered during the OPS investigation that Salva and the inmate had any physical contact within the Rockdale County Jail.

"This is a situation that we take very seriously. These types of relationships are strictly prohibited, and are detrimental to the safe and efficient operations of the Rockdale County Jail." said Chief Deputy Scott Freeman. "Although there was no evidence of a physical relationship between Salva and the inmate, it was determined that Salva violated numerous policies and procedures of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office."

Salva was hired by the RCSO on August 24, 2009 as a GCIC Operator in the Warrant/Civil Division. On July 1, 2011, Salva was transferred to the Jail Division as a Detention Deputy.