Col. Perry L. Humphries, a former high-ranking officer at the Franklin Correctional Institute, was arrested and booked Friday at the Franklin County Jail at Eastpoint on two counts of committing battery on a female correctional officer.
Humphries resigned his employment on Jan. 29 and no longer works at FCI. He had been the Department of Corrections 23 years.
He surrendered, along with his attorney, after hearing that a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the incident leading to Humphries’ arrest took place on the evening of Jan. 25 in Franklin County. He and two female officers with the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) were en route to the Gulf Franklin Center in Port St. Joe to attend graduation exercises for the newest class of corrections officers.
Sworn statements from the women allege Humphries grabbed the victim’s right breast with his hand and asked if she was wearing a bra. The women also alleged that Humphries “made some inappropriate comments concerning his private body part and began to undress. The female officers said they told Humphries to stop.
The female officers then alleged that Humphries “battered one the victims by grabbing her hair and neck and pushing her face into the center console of the vehicle.” He then is alleged to have stopped his vehicle on U.S. 98 between Eastpoint and Carrabelle and physically removed one of the victims from the back seat.
The two women, in their statements, went on to allege the defendant pulled one of them out of the vehicle onto to the ground and then began dragging her toward the bushes away from the roadway. The women officers said Humphries then placed the victim back into the vehicle and they continued back to Franklin Correctional Institution in Carrabelle.
They reported the incident the next day. Humphries was employed at the Franklin Correctional Institute after being promoted in April of last year to colonel, according to the DOC. Before his promotion Humphries worked as a major at the Wakulla Correctional Institute in Crawfordville.