Atlanta Deputy Charged with Inappropriate Relations with YSL Defendant

by Xara Aziz
Fulton County's Sheriff's Office

A deputy at Fulton County has been arrested and charged for inappropriate relations she had with an inmate.

According to the Fulton County’s Sheriff’s Office, Akeiba Koren Stanley “willfully and intentionally violated her oath” after coming in contact with Christian Eppinger, a defendant in the YSL trial.

Authorities say Stanley communicated with Eppinger through Instagram and an illegal cellphone and conspired with his relatives to have contraband sent to him. She had just started the role as deputy with Fulton County last October.

The Sheriff’s Office further reveals that Eppinger has been accused of stabbing another inmate in February.

“An incident report claims he stabbed the inmate in his chest, but he survived after being taken to Grady Hospital. Eppinger raps under the name Bad Bhris,” according to an Atlanta News First report. “Eppinger is one of nine defendants remaining in the YSL trial, which includes superstar rapper Young Thug, real name Jeffery Williams. Jury selection is still ongoing in the case, which is poised to become the longest in Georgia history.”

Stanley is charged with hindering apprehension or punishment of a criminal, violation of oath by public officer, conspiracy to commit a felony and reckless conduct.

This story is developing.

The news comes just three months after another Georgia detention officer lost her job after being arrested and charged with having sexual relations with an inmate, according to a recent WSB-TV report.

Police found cellphone video of Kawana Jenkins, who worked for the Fulton County Detention Center since 2019, engaged in improper sexual conduct with the inmate.

According to police, Jenkins was in a long-term relationship with the inmate, whose hand is seen in the explicit video with Jenkins. Officials were “outraged” upon viewing the video and say she provided the inmate with a “contraband cellphone” to record the sexual encounter between the pair.

Jenkins has been charged with two counts of improper sexual contact by an employee or agent, five counts of violation of oath by a public officer, two counts of reckless conduct, two counts of cruelty to inmates and one count of giving an inmate a prohibited item without authorization.

“As Sheriff of Fulton County, I am committed to transparency and to holding each and every employee accountable to oath they have taken to protect and serve our community,” Fulton County Sheriff Patrick Labat said in a statement given to the media.

He added that the former employee’s actions “are certainly not a reflection” of other guards at the detention center and its employees.

“The actions of this one individual are certainly not a reflection of the men and women of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. The vast majority of employees are to be commended for their integrity, commitment to service and the work they do day in and day out.”

The judge assigned to the case has granted Jenkins bond while investigations are currently ongoing.

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