Local jailer arrested for misconduct with an inmate

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 02/13 2014 03:49PM

Updated 02/13 2014 03:53PM

An employee at the DeSoto Parish Detention Center is facing charges for inappropriate behavior with a female prisoner.

Thursday afternoon Robert Smith, 50, of Logansport, was taken into custody and charged with Malfeasance in Office Sexual Conduct Prohibited with Persons in Custody.

An internal investigation was conducted earlier this week when the allegation was reported to the Chief Deputy of Corrections.

The basis of the charge involves inappropriate touching and Smith was released after posting $7,500 bond.

Smith has been employed with the Desoto Parish Sheriff's Office as a corrections officer since 2008.

 If convicted, Smith could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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