A spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Correction said Thursday that the 10 female 309 inmates who arrived at the Faulkner County jail Tuesday were all 309 trusties at Greene County last week.
State 309 coordinator Bill Terry removed 16 309s last week after a Greene County jail sergeant admitted to having sexual relations with a female 309 inside a jail office.
ADC spokesman George Brewer said the 16 inmates were temporarily housed at the Sheridan City Jail after the removal of Greene County's program on Nov. 30, and 10 of those inmates are now trusties at Faulkner County Detention Center Unit II.
The Associated Press reported that Sgt. William Shaw of Greene County Sheriff's Office, 35, has been charged with third-degree sexual assault after admitting to relations with one of the 16 inmates, though reports haven't indicated which female is the victim in the Shaw case. Shaw has been fired and released from jail on $10,000 bond.
Faulkner County Sheriff Karl Byrd said Wednesday the 10 new female trusties, who each bring the county $15 per day in Arkansas Act 309 payments, will be in charge of basic maintenance chores at the new jail on South German Lane. Both Byrd and ADC spokeswoman Dina Tyler said this week that Faulkner County, which also houses 10 male 309s, is especially suited for female 309s because the new jail separates male and female inmates by "sight and sound."
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