A fired Butler County corrections officer accused of engaging in sexual activity with an inmate is out of jail on bond and awaiting a preliminary hearing next week.
Nakisha Newell, 28, of Monroe, was arrested Monday after a day-long investigation by the sheriff’s office. Newell is charged with two counts of sexual battery and two counts of illegal conveyance into a detention facility for allegedly having sex with a male inmate at the Hanover Street corrections facility.
Newell, who was employed as a corrections officer for 18 months, is also accused of bringing a cell phone and electronic cigarettes into the jail. She was fired from her position after being charged.
At her arraignment Tuesday in Hamilton Municipal Court, Judge Daniel Gattermeyer set bond at $5,000. Newell is scheduled to be back in court Dec. 5 for a pre-trial hearing.
Maj. Mike Craft said an observant corrections sergeant brought information to administrators and an investigation into possible criminal activity began.
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.”