A rookie female corrections officer in Tennessee has been arrested for allegedly having sex with an inmate at the men’s jail.
Akira Jones, 20, a corrections deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in Memphis since May, was taken into custody Tuesday after a weeks-long internal investigation, officials said.
Jones, who has been on leave since late December, faces a felony charge of sexual contact with prisoners.
The deputy’s arrest stems from a complaint dated Dec. 20, which accused her of having sex with an inmate at the main county jail known colloquially as 201 Poplar.
Although the sheriff’s office did not specify the gender of the prisoner allegedly involved in the illicit romp, the agency’s website states that “male inmates are housed in downtown Memphis at 201 Poplar Avenue.”
No additional details were immediately available about Jones’ suspected relationship with the jailbird.
The Post reached out to the sheriff’s office Wednesday seeking further comment.
Jones, who was hired in May, was immediately placed on administrative leave as the sheriff’s office launched a criminal probe, which culminated with the case being brought before a grand jury for indictment.
Jones remained jailed as of Wednesday on a $5,000 bond, according to online inmate records.
Sexual contact between sheriff’s personnel and inmates is strictly forbidden both by law and by policy, according to the sheriff’s office.
“The SCSO will not tolerate the misconduct of any employee and will continue to hold our employees accountable to the highest ethical standards to ensure our public’s trust,” Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. stated.