Document Release Reveals Deputy Fondling

As part of a documents release last week from the Sheriff’s Office, a correctional deputy had resigned in 2017 when his bosses sought to fire him for allegedly fondling and kissing a female inmate at the county jail. Documents show that sheriff’s investigators had a case against Deputy Garrett Paulson stemming from sexual contact with an inmate and had given the case to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office. However, the office declined to prosecute with records citing the victim would not cooperate. A lawyer for the victim, however, tells the Press Democrat that the victim was cooperative with the DA. Paulson has since joined the army according to a Facebook post.