Prison Guard Arrested, Fired for Engaging in Sexual Encounters with Inmates at South Carolina Women's Prison

A North Carolina man who was a guard at a women's prison in Columbia was fired and arrested for having sexual encounters with inmates, according to the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

Khalim Jovan Battle, who worked at Camille Graham Correctional Institution, was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with an inmate and two counts of misconduct in office, the S.C. Department of Corrections said in a news release.

Battle Accused of Having Sex with Two Inmates

Camille Graham Correctional Institution
Camille Graham Correctional Institution Google

The 31-year-old Gastonia, North Carolina, resident stands accused of engaging in sexual encounters with two inmates, according to the release. Gastonia is about 20 miles from Charlotte, and 100 miles north of Columbia.

According to the arrest warrants attached with the statement, on Oct. 21, 2021, Battle had sexual encounters with two inmates. He was accused of "anally penetrating" one inmate, making both inmates perform oral sex on him and placing his mouth on their breasts while on duty as a correctional officer, the arrest affidavit noted.

There was probable cause to charge Battle based on victim's statements, DNA analysis conducted by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and the statements of witnesses who were also involved in the incident, according to arrest warrants.

Camille Graham is a women's-only prison on Broad River Road. It is a medium-security institution that houses 477 inmates, according to the Department of Corrections.

Battle Facing 10 Years in Prison

Battle was arrested Friday, 26th Aug, 2022, Richland County court records show. He was fired the same day, S.C. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Chrysti Shain told The State.

A bond hearing was held Friday and involved Affordable Bail Bonds, court records show. Information about the bond was not available, but Battle is not listed on the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center inmate roster. He's scheduled to appear in court again on Oct. 28, judicial records show.

If convicted on the felony sex crime charge, Battle would face a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison on each count, according to South Carolina law. A conviction on the misconduct in office charge could also mean a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on each count.