WHATCOM — A county corrections deputy was arrested Jan. 14 on investigation of sexual misconduct and intimidating a witness while on jail duty, reports Undersheriff Jeff Parks.
The Whatcom jail booking log shows that Adam Garrett Miller was taken into custody on potential charges of second-degree custodial sexual misconduct and intimidating a witness. He made an initial appearance in court on Jan. 15.
Upon receiving information of possible inappropriate conduct by an employee, Parks said in a press release, the Bellingham Police Department was asked to lead the investigation as an outside agency last week. After his arrest, Miller was transported to the Skagit County jail.
The Bellingham police work revealed that probable cause existed for the arrest of Miller, Parks said.
He had been employed by Whatcom County since February 2017.
Bellingham remains the primary agency doing the criminal investigation. The Sheriff’s Office will also conduct an administrative internal investigation into the matter.
This is a statement accompanying the press release: “The Sheriff’s Office is committed to conformance with the highest standards of professional, ethical and legal conduct at all times and has a standard of no tolerance for instances of inappropriate treatment or violation of rules and regulations regarding interactions with inmates. It is of paramount importance to the members and leadership of the Sheriff’s Office that the public trust not be violated and that all persons are treated fairly and appropriately as we perform our daily duties.”