A Miller County detention officer has been charged with a Class E felony for alleged sexual conduct with an inmate.
Samuel Evans of Eldon was arrested after the Miller County Sheriff’s Office was provided information that a male detention officer made inappropriate contact with a female inmate, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
The probable cause statement filed against Evans indicates that a supervisor at the jail reported the incident to a detective the next day. The alleged incident, which took place in the Fingerprint Room of the jail, occurred after the female pod of the jail was locked down for the evening on Thursday, August 3, 2018. It was reported on August 4.
Reviewing security video, Evans was observed at the inmate’s cell and then taking her downstairs. In video showing the hallway going into the fingerprint room, Evans was observed walking the female inmate to the room and then 10 minutes later, Evans walked her to the elevator to go back upstairs to the section of jail where female inmates are housed.
The detective spoke with a couple of inmates housed with the woman in question. They confirmed the video, telling the deputy that Evans had taken the other inmate downstairs to be fingerprinted. On return to the cell, however, the inmate told her cell mates that she had had sex.
Under questioning, Evans reportedly admitted to sexual contact with a female inmate while working, but not sex. He told the detective that he had taken the inmate to the fingerprint room to discuss their relationship and future plans. Evans allegedly admitted that he kissed the inmate twice and touched her breast, then took her back to her cell.
Evans was placed under arrest following his interview and was placed on a 24-hour hold while charges were submitted to the prosecutor. A warrant was issued for Evans’ arrest, and he was charged with the Class E felony of sexual conduct with a prisoner or offender by jail employee under Revised Missouri Statute 566.145. The 22-year-old was being held on a $10,000 bond but has already posted bond.
A Class E felony has a range of punishment that includes a term of imprisonment not to exceed four years, or imprisonment in the county jail for one year, or by a fine to to exceed $10,000, or by both imprisonment and fine.
Via the press release, Miller County Sheriff Louie Gregoire commented, “As Miller County Sheriff, I am disappointed in the actions of someone that betrayed my trust along with yours. I want the public to know that I will not tolerate this type of conduct by employees of the Miller County Sheriff’s office and I expect Mr. Evans to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Mr. Evan’s individual conduct does not reflect on the dedication and service of the men and women of Miller County Sheriff’s Office.