JSO Corrections Officer Arrested And Accused Of Sexual Battery Against 2 Victims At Party

Oct 2, 2018

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department announced an arrest of one of its corrections officers Tuesday morning.

JSO Undersheriff Pat Ivey said 25-year-old Nathan McClough, a three-year veteran, has been charged with two felonies: sexual battery with an incapacitated victim and sexual battery. In addition he was arrested for misdemeanor battery.  

Ivey described the alleged incidents occurring at a September gathering. The first victim had been drinking and went into a bedroom to sleep.

“The suspect entered the bedroom and while in the bedroom forced sexual activity with that victim,” he said.

He moved on to try to same with the second victim in a second bedroom, but that victim was able to fight off the suspect, Ivey said.

JSO’s integrity unit was notified about the case last week and arrested McClough Monday night. Ivey said the suspect has resigned.   

“This isn’t a good day,” Ivey said. “Regardless of if he’s an employee or not, these type of allegations, these type of charges, this is very serious and we do everything we can to support the victims.”

McClough’s arrest marks the sixth JSO employee arrested this year. There were 10 arrests in 2017. 

Reporter Lindsey Kilbride can be reached at lkilbride@wjct.org, 904-358-6359 or on Twitter at @lindskilbride.