A second Calhoun County Jailer now stands charged with having a sexual relationship with an inmate
Sheriff Matthew Wade announced that Justin Avery Stamps was arrested Friday on charges of Custodial Sexual Misconduct following an investigation that stemmed from the arrest the Tuesday before of jailer Charles Marcel James.
James’ arrest was in connection with an alleged inmate relationship apparently lasting for a period of several months.
During a Press Conference held on Monday, Sheriff Wade said that investigators discovered a total of 125 phone calls made between Jailer Stamps and a female inmate since April. The relationship apparently began prior to the inmate being booked into jail. Investigators also found evidence that Stamps had put money into the inmate’s jail account – and according to Sheriff Wade located digital evidence of that relationship that was “very descriptive of their actions.”
Sheriff Wade stated that the numbers at the jail, currently more than 650 inmates, are at an all-time high and that low pay and high turnover are keeping staffing numbers low – at only about five officers per shift.
He quickly added that regardless of the numbers, the jailers’ actions would not be tolerated.
There has been some good news however – as Wade was able earlier this month to secure a commitment of $500,000 to go toward jail staffing.