Three Rockwall County, Texas jailers were indicted and all plead guilty after allegations that jailers gave drugs and alcohol to female prisoners in exchange for sex. A jail captain also resigned in lieu of prosecution.
One female prisoner was indicted for introducing alcohol into the jail in connection with a jailhouse sex-for-contraband trade that apparently has been allowed to flourish as long as two years. She pled guilty and received a 6-year prison sentence.
Sheriff Jacques Kiere is not under investigation, said Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney Ray Sumrow. Sheriff Kiere suggested that sex-for-contraband allegations are not as widespread as reported. He said the charges probably came from political foes. The sheriff faces two opponents in a re-election bid this year. He said the contraband probably came through trusties who helped build a 150-bed jail addition.
Sumrow said that the truth of prisoners' grand jury testimony against the jailers was backed by polygraph examinations and that investigators have other evidence. "I have done that on every witness," Sumrow said."The polygraphs have shown they are not deceptive."
WFAA-TV in nearby Dallas reported that during the last two years, at least ten Rockwall jailers or Sheriffs Department employees have resigned or have been fired or placed under investigation.
The station said one former prisoner likened her two months in jail on theft charges to time in a hotel. The woman, a witness in the investigation, said prisoners regularly traded sex for cigarettes or trips to a local store to buy makeup.
Sumrow said he asked the Texas Rangers to investigate just before jailer Matt Schlotman was charged in January with having sex with a prisoner. He was subsequently indicted and has resigned. The prosecutor said his office has heard similar complaints before.
Source: Dallas Morning News
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