Maj. Mike Craft said an observant corrections sergeant brought information to administrators and an investigation into possible criminal activity began.
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During questioning about the contraband, Newell confessed to having sex with a male inmate, Craft said. He added that the investigation is ongoing and could not say if the inmate would be charged.
“Being a corrections officer is a noble but tough job,” Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones previously said in a statement. “These men and women work hard and always have to be on their guard. My employees take pride in their work and strive to ensure this facility maintains a great reputation. (Newell) has tarnished that and I do not want people like that working for me.”