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Correctional Officer Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail after Pleading Guilty to Unlawful Sexual Contact with Inmate

CORRECTIONAL OFFICER SENTENCED TO 90 DAYS IN JAIL AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO HAVING UNLAWFUL SEXUAL CONTACT WITH INMATE: On June 1, Jason Arnold – a suspended Correctional Officer at the Charles County Detention Center (CCDC) – was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to having unlawful sexual contact with a female inmate. The charge stemmed from an intensive investigation led by detectives assigned to the CCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division and the CCSO’s Office of Professional Responsibility. The investigation was initiated after command personnel were made aware of a rumor of inappropriate conduct between an inmate and Arnold.

The investigation revealed that in July 2015, a supervisor at the CCDC learned from a third-hand party about a possible relationship between Arnold and the inmate. Upon learning of the allegation, Arnold was immediately suspended. The State’s Attorney’s Office was contacted and detectives launched both a criminal and internal investigation, which revealed Arnold and the inmate had a relationship while she was incarcerated. Further, the investigation revealed that the relationship briefly continued after the inmate was released from the detention center. As part of the investigation, detectives reached out to other inmates who had contact with Arnold and determined no one else had unlawful relations with him. Arnold was criminally charged on March 2, 2016, with having unlawful sex with an inmate. In Maryland, it is a misdemeanor for a correctional officer to have a sexual relationship with an inmate.

Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry stated, “Trust is such an important factor between law enforcement and our community. When we heard about this rumor, our staff took immediate actions to investigate the allegations, even though a complaint was never made. It took months of hard work to thoroughly interview all of the female inmates who had contact with Arnold to ensure no other unlawful sexual contact had occurred. Arnold broke the trust that our community places in our correctional officers, and he broke the trust of his fellow officers. For this, Arnold being sentenced to a period of incarceration is justice served.”

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The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 and has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.      

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