Smith County jailer arrested for alleged sex with inmate

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 3:22pm

Tyler — A Smith County jailer was arrested last week and later indicted for allegedly having sex with a female inmate.

On Friday, officials charged 27-year old Lakerry Devonerich Bowie with violating civil rights of a person in custody.

Investigators first learned of the accusations involving Bowie and the inmate last September. When authorities questioned him about the alleged incident, Bowie did not cooperate and was fired. He was employed by Smith County for two years.

However, the inmate has confessed to consensual sex, but there is no such thing as consensual sex between law enforcement and an inmate, according to Sheriff J.B. Smith.

The Texas Rangers are currently investigating the matter.


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