Dallas County Jail official faces charges of sexually abusing inmate

A Dallas County Jail official sexually assaulted a female inmate at the facility in December, state investigators alleged Thursday.

Kevin Paul Hines, 58, of Perry is charged with felony sex abuse and misconduct with an offender, an aggravated misdemeanor. The sex abuse charge carries a 10-year prison term.

Hines was in the jail late Thursday on a $10,000 bond and was expected to be transferred to Polk County

Hines “did engage in a sex act by force and against the will of … an adult female, who was incarcerated,” a state Division of Criminal Investigation agent wrote in the criminal complaint. The alleged victim was not identified. Information on the charges that landed her in jail was not available. Continue reading

Prison guard, girlfriend accused in murder plot

TYLER, Texas — Authorities arrested a Texas Department of Criminal Justice guard and his girlfriend Thursday in an alleged plot to kill the woman’s estranged husband, who thought he and his wife were about to reconcile.

Cathryn Lake, 51, and Rudolph Regalado, 48, were arrested in Tyler on charges of criminal solicitation to commit capital murder. The two were named in indictments unsealed late Thursday that accused them of promising to pay for the murder of Lake’s husband. Continue reading

Ex-jailer accused of having sex on the job

BANDERA — A grand jury on Monday indicted a local man on a charge of improper sexual contact with a person in custody, accusing him of having sexual relations with a female inmate at the Bandera County jail while he was a jailer, District Attorney Bruce Curry said.

Scott Sharp Jr., 19, had been on the job about six months before allegedly getting intimate in late November with the detainee, who wasn’t named.

When he was fired, Sharp said he’d had consensual sex three or four times with the woman, who denied any sex occurred, Bandera County Sheriff Weldon Tucker said. Sharp’s father is an investigator with the department.

The grand jury indicted Sharp on the state jail felony after hearing testimony from Texas Ranger Lance Coleman, Curry said.

source: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/Ex-jailer_in_Bandera_County_indicted_for_jail_sex.html

3 West Texas prison workers indicted on charges of smuggling contraband for inmates

PECOS, Texas —Three employees at a county-owned but privately managed West Texas prison have been indicted on charges that they took bribes to smuggle in contraband, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
Moises B. Martinez Jr., a prison case manager, and guard Sylvia Castillo Chairez were indicted last week in Midland. Jacob C. Guzman was indicted on Jan. 28, though his Midland lawyer, Dan Wade, believes a second indictment was also issued last week. Continue reading

Ex-Sheriff, Jailers Charged With Inmate Sex, Taking Them Drugs

 FORT WORTH, Texas —  A former North Texas sheriff and some ex-jailers were among 17 people named Friday in a 106-count indictment on charges ranging from having sex with inmates to taking them drugs.

Bill Keating, who was Montague County sheriff from 2004-08, is charged with official oppression and having sex with inmates in April and in the fall, according to the indictment. Keating was not up for re-election because he lost in the primary last spring. Continue reading

Beaumont woman pleads guilty to accepting bribe while working as guard at federal penitentiary

A 34-year-old Beaumont woman pleaded guilty Monday to a charge that she accepted a bribe from an inmate while working at the federal penitentiary.

Jada L. Jefferson was accused of accepting $1,500 from an inmate in exchange for bringing tobacco into the prison. The offense is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

She was also indicted last September on two counts of engaging in a sexual act with an inmate, each punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and one count of bringing a prohibited substance into a federal correctional facility, an offense punishable by up to six months incarceration.

Jefferson will be sentenced after the completion of a pre-sentencing report that be used to determine a suggested punishment range. Jefferson will remain out on bond while awaiting sentencing.

source: http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/local/38409989.html

Former Prison Guard Indicted For Murder

 Plainview Police Department

A Hale County grand jury says there is enough evidence to send a former prison guard to trial for murder. The Plainview Daily Herald reports that jury members indicted 31-year-old Sacarias Dee Pena on Wednesday.  He’s charged with the murder of 28-year-old Christopher Sanchez of Floydada.

Neighbors told NewsChannel 11 they heard as many as six gun shots on the morning of November 21st. They called 911 around 6:30 a.m.  

Investigators say there was a history between Sanchez, Pena, and Pena’s ex-wife. They believe the shooting developed from that.

If convicted, Pena faces five-years to life in prison. Bond is set at $100,000.

source http://www.kcbd.com/global/story.asp?s=9559769

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