SBSO Sheriff

Lori Fowler, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/24/2013 06:06:36 PM PST
Updated: 01/24/2013 07:06:17 PM PST

A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy was arrested this week on accusations of having sex with a female jail inmate – making him the third jailer to be reportedly linked to such instances in the Inland Empire.

Johnathan Miller, 27, was booked at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga following an investigation at Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center where he was assigned.

Miller posted bail, which was set at $25,000, and was released Thursday, according to a sheriff’s news release. He is on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

Information surfaced regarding inappropriate contact between a male deputy and a woman, who is only identified as a 25-year-old inmate at the Devore facility, according to a sheriff’s news release.

Miller was interviewed and a search warrant was served at his residence.

On Jan. 16, a former state corrections officer was sentenced to two years in county jail for sexually abusing an inmate at the California Institution for Women in Chino.

Gary Swatzell originally pleaded not guilty to charges of having sex with the incarcerated woman for a six-month period beginning in July 2010. The woman became pregnant during that period and delivered a child by emergency C-section in August 2011.

But in November, Swatzell changed his plea and accepted the deal of two years in custody.

“That was higher than the recommendation given from the probation office and higher than what the prosecutor was looking for,” said Sarita Ordonez, who represented the victim in this case, adding that she was pleased with the sentence.

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