Brandon Moore

Former Butler County corrections officer pleads guilty to providing phones, protein powder and other items to inmates

Brandon Moore, 34, of Hamilton, was indicted by a Butler County grand jury in November for bribery, a third-degree felony, and four counts of illegal conveyance into a correctional facility.

On Thursday, Moore pleaded guilty to bribery and one count of misdemeanor illegal conveyance. The other charges were dismissed.

Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Jennifer McElfresh set sentencing for March 28. He faces up to 36 months in prison.

Until sentencing, Moore remains free on $5,000 bond.

The items smuggled into the Butler County Jail for cash included cell phones, miscellaneous tools and protein powder, according to the sheriff’s office. The alleged crime occurred between July and Aug. 24 of 2018, according to the indictment.

Moore, who had nearly completed the law enforcement academy, was hired by the sheriff’s office as a corrections officer in September 2017. He was a probationary corrections officer and was terminated when the investigation began, according to Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer.

A routine jail cell search was conducted and a cell phone was discovered in the pod where Moore was assigned, according to the sheriff’s office. This led to an investigation with correctional staff, inmates and in all the pods located in the facility.

Detectives determined that Moore was responsible for bringing items to inmates in exchange for money.