Reports: Officers smuggled contraband

Last updated: September 03. 2014 6:09AM - 1460 Views
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Two female jailers are accused of having improper dealings with male inmates at the Chesterfield County Detention Center.

Marian Elizabeth Rivers, 41, of Vaughn Lane, Chesterfield, admitted to performing oral sex on an inmate and bringing him cigarettes, a cellphone and money, according to a sheriff’s office report.

SeQuan Black Phillips, 31, of 22236 U.S. 1, McBee, told investigators she smuggled cigarettes and a skull cap into the jail for a second male inmate, an incident report states.

Both women worked as correctional officers at the jail at 319 Goodale Road, Chesterfield.

The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office released the reports on Tuesday. Rivers was arrested on July 29 and Phillips was charged on Aug. 6.

Detective Sgt. Daniel Scott went to the jail to interview Rivers after jail administrator Sheila Gillespie notified him that several inmates had written statements accusing correctional officers of bringing contraband into the jail, the report states.

In a recorded interview lasting 45 minutes to an hour, Rivers told Scott that she performed oral sex on inmate Garrett McIntosh in the shower, brought him a cellphone and cigarettes and deposited money into his commissary account, according to the incident report.

Scott also interviewed Phillips on July 29 and wrote in the report that she denied having any improper dealings with inmates. Scott returned to the jail for a second interview with Phillips after receiving new information, the report states.

Phillips admitted to bringing cigarettes and a “wave cap” into the detention center and giving them to inmate Brian Handcock, Scott wrote.

Rivers is charged with misconduct in office by a public official, furnishing contraband to inmates and sexual misconduct with an inmate. Phillips faces a charge of furnishing contraband to inmates.

The two arrests follow a high-profile scandal involving improper relationships with inmates that brought down former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker.

A jury convicted Parker on eight counts of misconduct in office by a public official in April. He is now serving a two-year prison sentence.

Parker was indicted in 2013 on allegations that he allowed two favored inmates to stay in the sheriff’s office armory building instead of the jail, provided them with drugs and alcohol and allowed them to have conjugal visits.

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