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Fairfax sheriff's deputy arrested for sex with prisoner

A Fairfax County deputy sheriff, assigned to guard a prisoner at Inova Fairfax Hospital, allegedly got too close to his captive and had sex with her earlier this month, Fairfax County police said.

The deputy was arrested Monday and charged with carnal knowledge of an inmate.

Police said the sheriff's office had taken the prisoner to the hospital for treatment and deputies guarded her throughout her stay. On the night of March 8 into the early morning of March 9, the guarding turned sexually intimate, police said.

The prisoner later reported the episode to the sheriff's office, Sheriff Stan G. Barry said.

The case was turned over to the Fairfax police. On Monday, they obtained a warrant for Deputy James L. Heinz, 36, and Heinz was arrested. He had been a deputy assigned to the jail for two years, Barry said.

"Obviously, this is abhorrent behavior," the sheriff said. "We're glad we were able to detect it, and we had the police department investigate it." He said Heinz would be fired.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  March 24, 2010; 3:12 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Sex Crimes , Tom Jackman  
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Enough. Isn't there some kind of screening process? And America goes out of it's way to make law enforcement heros.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 24, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Jackman, your headline on the main Metro page is misleading. It reads
Cop Arrested for sex with Prisoner" it's not unitl you click on the headline that the correct heading appears and properly identify the Sheriff's Deputy as the person arrested. Your article does a good job distinguishing between the two agencies. Please fix the headline on the Metro section main page.

Posted by: Jet_Mech | March 24, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I think Mr. Jackman got the headline correct. Deputies in Fairfax carry firearms, have full arrest authority, and engage in law enforcement duties. Sure looks like they "cops" to me.

Posted by: rob47 | March 24, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Shoot, cops have had carnal knowledge with me lots of times but I didn't know I could have them arrested. :)~

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | March 24, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Cops and Sheriff Deputies are NOT the same. There are different descriptions for each. Jckdoors, there is a screening process that is followed carefully when an applicant applies for any law enforcement position. Sometimes a bad apple slips thru, just as it does with teachers and principals. Things happen and yet it is unfortunate and this incident should not reflect all Fairfax County Sheriff Deputies. All law enforcement officers should be considered hero's. They often deal with the worst of the worst and sometimes they leave for work and don't come home just like a member of the military. They carry duty weapons but are obviously unable to carry weapons inside the walls of the Fairfax County Detention Center. In no way shape or form should this incident portray a dark cloud over the entire department.

Posted by: notthesame2 | March 24, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

There is a difference between cops and deputies in some counties. Fairfax deputies have guns but are not allowed to carry any weapons in the jail. All law enforcement are heros. There is a screening process but there are always a few(in any job) that act with disreguard. I do not condone what he did but don't bash all for the fews mistakes

Posted by: eapoe18 | March 25, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

It saddens me to know that because of one sheriff's bad judgement, the rest of the cops and sheriff's get labelled to be bad guys. In any career choice or company, there can be a person who makes a bad decision yet the employee's of that company dont get labelled!?? It really frustrates me. As a wife to a cop, I feel that everyone should hold their judgement to themselves if they want to judge an entire department. Every day my husband walks out the door and I say a little prayer that he comes home safely. he does his best to protect and keep the citizens safe yet they never get a THANK YOU! When someone is breaking in to your house, who responds, the cops...when those bad people are in jail...who has to deal with them...the Sheriff's...BE THANKFUL RATHER THAN JUDGEMENTAL. What would you do if there werent any police officers and Sheriff's. Think about that before you say anything more!

Posted by: unknown01 | March 26, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

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