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Former Jail worker indicted in Tennessee


Photo courtesy TBI Deana Keith, Marie Gilreath and Tabitha Wilson face indictments in Scott County for alleged misconduct while working at local detention centers.

A former Deputy Jailer at the McCreary County Detention Center has been indicted by a Scott County Grand Jury on charges of misconduct after reportedly opening cell doors to allow a coworker to have sex with an inmate.

Marie Elizabeth Gilreath, 31, of Whitley City was charged with one county of Facilitation of Sexual Conduct with an Inmate and one count of Official Misconduct.

Two other employees, Deana Keith, 28, of Oneida and Tabitha Eloise Wilson, 27, of Oneida, were also named in the indictments. Keith is facing a charge of Sexual Contact with an Inmate and one count of Official Misconduct. Wilson was indicted on one count of Official Misconduct.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations authorities conducted an inquiry into alleged instances of misconduct by three former staff members of the Scott County Jail and Scott County Juvenile Detention Center in Huntsville, Tennessee.

The investigation was initiated at the request of 8th District Attorney Jared Effler.

The investigation developed evidence that Keith had sexual relations with an inmate at the Scott County Jail while on duty earlier this year, with Gilreath allegedly opened cell doors to facilitate the encounter.

It was also learned that Wilson reportedly had several sexual encounters with an adult male inmate at the Juvenile facility.

All three individuals were terminated from their employment and were booked into the Scott County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

Gilreath has worked at the McCreary County Detention Center prior to its closing.

The Voice would like to remind our readers an indictment is not an indication of one’s guilt or innocence, but represents that enough evidence exists in a case to pursue the matter in a court of law.

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