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Butler County corrections officer had sexual contact with inmate, Sheriff Richard Jones says

Butler County corrections officer had sexual contact with inmate, Sheriff Richard Jones says
Posted at 4:49 PM, Nov 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 12:56:42-05

HAMILTON, Ohio -- A Butler County corrections officer was fired Monday and charged with sexual battery after investigators found she'd had sexual contact with at least one inmate, Sheriff Richard Jones said.

Jones said his office got a tip that Nakisha Newell, 28, was bringing contraband -- specifically, a cell phone and electronic cigarettes -- into the jail. That investigation led to the sexual battery charge, Jones said. 

Maj. Mike Craft said a observant corrections sergeant brought information to administrators and an investigation into possible criminal activity began.

“He had seen some things that he didn’t think were right. He did a great job bring the information to us,” Craft said. He termed the suspicions an “educated hunch” by the corrections sergeant.

During questioning about the contraband, Newell confessed to having sex with a male inmate, Craft said. He added the investigation is ongoing and could not say if the inmate would be charged.

Newell was booked in though the Butler County Jail, but will not be housed there. Craft said she will be taken to another county.

Newell had been a corrections officer for 18 months.

According to jail records, she was booked on two counts of illegal conveyance, both misdemeanors, and two counts of sexual battery, both felonies.
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The Journal-News, a media partner of WCPO, contributed to this report.