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Donald E. Sapp, 60, a former deputy of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department (PCSD), has been charged with one count of Sexual Contact with a Prisoner.
Sapp allegedly "engaged in sexual activity" with a female inmate during transport from the Chillicothe Correctional Facility to the Pulaski County Jail, according to a press release from Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.
Hillman said that Pulaski County Sheriff Jimmy Bench "immediately contacted the Missouri State Highway Patrol" (MSHP), who investigated the allegation made by the inmate. Hillman reported that Bench placed Sapp on a leave of absence and "ordered him to have no contact with the Department."
Sapp subsequently resigned his commission with PCSD not long after being placed on leave, according to Hillman's press release.
Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney Dustin Dunklee has filed charges against Sapp in Morgan County because the alleged incident happened in a vehicle on U.S. 50 near the Lamine Conservation Area in Morgan County, according to the probable cause statement filed by MSHP.
The investigating officer reported in the probable cause statement that the inmate reported that Sapp allegedly initiated sexual contact with her "while driving" by "sticking his hand down her pants." The document goes on to further allege that Sapp took nude pictures of the inmate with his cellular phone, as well as "having her perform oral sex on him."
MSHP's probable cause statement reported that the inmate "spit the contents from her mouth" into a tissue "which she retained to prove the allegation." The tissue was sent to the MSHP criminal lab for analysis and later compared to a DNA sample Sapp was required to give via court order.
According to the press release from Hillman, "DNA results were obtained in late June confirming details of the inmate's story."
"During an interview, Corporal Sapp initially denied all allegations brought forth by L. (the inmate's name has been redacted by the Prosecuting Attorney's Office), but later admitted to taking pictures of L's nude body with his cellular phone. Corporal Sapp continued to deny ever making sexual contact with L.," the probable cause statement reports.
MSHP's investigating officer reported that the cheek and hair swabs taken by MSHP were obtained on January 6, 2017 and were sent off for analysis. On January 11, 2017, the officer reported in the probable cause statement that he "requested an examination" of Sapp's cellular phone.
The probable cause statement reports that an "examination of Corporal Sapp's cellular phone revealed nine images of a shackled female who I recognized as L, wearing prison/jail styled clothing" exposing herself.
MSHP's investigating officer reported in the charging document that the report on the DNA results was returned June 19. Hillman reported in his press release that, after some coordination with Dunklee, they determined that Morgan County would be "the best venue for criminal charges" because "the sexual acts occurred there."
"On July 5, 2017, Morgan County Prosecutor filed a complaint in the Circuit Court of Morgan County alleging one count of Sexual Contact with a Prisoner and requested a warrant. Judge Stephen Grantham issued a warrant in the amount of $50,000 cash or surety," Hillman said in his press release.