Fired NC Jailer charged with sex crimes against a transgender inmate

former detention officer Kyle Harris
Former detention officer Kyle Harris / Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

A North Carolina detention officer has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a transgender inmate at the Mecklenburg jail. The alleged attack occurred Thursday, May 20, according to the Charlotte Observer. The jailer involved, Kyle Harris, was suspended on Friday, May 21, and arrested and charged on June 7, 2021.

Court records indicate that detention officer Kyle Harris of Charlotte was arrested Monday by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police at 12:30 p.m. near Archdale Road and South Boulevard, police say. The 28-year-old was released on a $60,000 unsecured bond, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Harris is charged with

  • Three counts of second-degree sexual offense.
  • One count of attempted second-degree sexual offense.
  • Two counts of sexual battery.
  • One count of a sexual act by a government employee.

Under N.C. law, second-degree sexual offense is a felony involving a sex act against a person’s will or if the person has a mental disability or is physically helpless.

At the time of the alleged assault, The transgender detainee was being held at the Mecklenburg County jail without bond, awaiting trial for several federal offenses.

The as-yet-unnamed victim has since been released to home confinement at their mother’s house so that they can receive medical and psychological treatment.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 911 or leave it anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or



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