A Clayton County sheriff's deputy has been placed on administrative leave without pay pending an internal investigation, after she was arrested Tuesday for failure to appear in Superior Court.
Alicia Nicole Parkes, 33, of McDonough, is due back in Clayton County Superior Court Chief Judge Deborah Benefield's courtroom today at 8:30 a.m., said her attorney, Jackie Patterson.
"I have no doubt she will be released from jail at that time," he said. "This is a true miscarriage of justice."
Parkes was on Benefield's calendar, Tuesday, on charges of unlawful eavesdropping and obstruction of an officer. She'd been told to be available at an hour's notice to return to court for her case.
Patterson said she was only 45 minutes late.
"She was supposed to be in court at 1:30, and she got there about 2, 2:15," he said. "She hadn't been late before, she's always shown up for court. I was really surprised they took her into custody."
Patterson said Parkes didn't know to be in court at that time.
"She didn't know to be there, I'm her attorney, I was supposed to let her know, and I didn't," he said. "Plain and simple, she didn't know to be there."
Parkes was arrested on the bench warrant and booked into the Clayton County Jail about 5:30 p.m., according to the jail docket. She is being housed in the Henry County Jail.
Clayton Sheriff's Lt. Brian Crisp said, Wednesday, that Parkes has been put on leave.
"As of yesterday, she is on administrative leave without pay," he said.
Crisp said her arrest sparked an internal investigation. "Her status will be determined at the end of the investigation," said Crisp. "We try to complete investigations within 30 days."
Parkes was working for the Clayton County Police Department when she was arrested in April 2008 for obstruction of an officer. She left that agency and became the spokeswoman for the Clayton County Sheriff's Office in 2010.
According to an indictment, Parkes allegedly used her cellphone to record a co-worker using the bathroom sometime in June of 2010.
She was removed from her position as spokeswoman at that time, but has remained on the job.