On Friday, August 6, 2021, the GBI arrested former Oconee County Sheriff’s Office jailer Blake Edward Patat, 30, of Comer, GA for one count of sexual assault. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI to investigate after allegations of the incident were made. Patat was arrested for having sexual contact with a person in custody (a person he had supervisory or disciplinary authority over). The incident is believed to have occurred on July 25, 2021.
This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this investigation may contact the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 769-3945 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 11 Field Office at (706) 552-2309. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.