Mecklenburg County Detention Officer Terminated, Charged With Sexually Assaulting Transgender Inmate

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Mecklenburg County Detention Officer has been terminated.  Kyle Harris was arrested Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a transgender inmate back in March.

Officer Kyle Harris was terminated on June 7th.  Officials say he has been a detention officer at the Mecklenburg County Jail since August 16, 2017.  He has been charged with attempted 2nd degree sex offense by force, three counts of second degree sex offense by force, sex act by a prison employee, and two counts of sexual battery.

Kyle Harris

Kyle Harris

“All employees of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office are required to demonstrate professional and ethical conduct. There is no place in this organization for any employee that violates the public’s trust and confidence in MCSO,” says Sheriff Garry L. McFadden.

McFadden says the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office has cooperated with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department throughout the investigation.

WCCB News asked McFadden what safety protocols are in place to protect inmates.

“There are secured areas, but you have to understand even if they are in secured area our staff has to operate within those areas,” says McFadden.  “Do we have to look at how this happened? Yes.  Are we to adjust some things to prevent this from happening in the future? Of course, and that’s what we’re gonna do,” he says.

Harris posted a 60-thousand dollar bond Monday.  He’s due in court Tuesday.