A former Lincoln County deputy jailer has been indicted on six counts of third-degree rape, making him the third former jail employee in the last three months to face criminal charges.
Scott Roberts, of 9325 Ky. 1247 in Waynesburg, is charged with "engaging in sexual intercourse with … an inmate incarcerated at the Lincoln County Detention Center, where Mr. Roberts was Deputy Jailer," according to the indictment.
Roberts allegedly committed the acts in October and November 2011, according to a press release issued by Lincoln County Jailer David Gooch. Roberts "abruptly resigned" from his job in late November, Gooch wrote.
Earlier this month, former Deputy Jailer Gabriel Owens was charged with promoting contraband and in March, former Deputy Jailer Justin Pearson was charged with first-degree drug trafficking after allegedly sneaking illegal drugs into the jail with the intention of giving them to an inmate.
Pearson's indictment was released Wednesday, along with indictments of five others who allegedly helped get the illegal drugs into the jail or were complicit in the activities.
In addition to the drug trafficking charge, Pearson has been indicted on one count of first-degree promoting contraband.
Thomas L. Wilson Jr. of Stanford, Michael O. Hampton of Eubank, Daniel Dunaway of Lancaster and Jordan Shoemaker of Lancaster were all indicted on charges of complicity to promote contraband.
Hampton and Wilson were also indicted for complicity in drug trafficking and Hampton was indicted for tampering with physical evidence. Jasper McCann of Waynesburg was indicted for promoting contraband.
The charges against Roberts, Pearson and Owens are the result of an ongoing internal investigation of alleged staff misconduct by Internal Affairs Captain Justin Parsons, according to Gooch.
"While the current investigation into staff misconduct is nearing its conclusion, further arrests and or charges could be forthcoming," Gooch wrote.