Sheriff's Office

CORUNNA — A Shiawassee County corrections deputy resigned Friday after officials learned he allegedly engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a 36-year-old Perry female trusty at the jail.

Undersheriff Robert Brancheau confirmed today a corrections officer had resigned, but declined to comment further, citing personnel privacy matters, as well as inmate and corrections officer safety concerns.

“Recently, the Sheriff’s Office has undertaken an internal investigation regarding certain procedures in the jail,” Brancheau said in a prepared statement issued Wednesday. “The Sheriff’s Office was provided information by a female trusty that another female trusty was being allowed to pass notes to a male correctional deputy. During the internal investigation, the Sheriff’s Office found these allegations to be true. During the course of the steps involved in the union grievance procedure, the corrections deputy tendered his voluntary resignation,” the statement said.

The Sheriff’s Office did not say whether the deputy could face criminal proceedings.

The Argus-Press is not disclosing the identity of the corrections deputy because he has not been charged with a crime, nor the female trusty with whom he had been communicating with inappropriately.

According to sources familiar with the situation, the corrections deputy communicated with the female inmate at the jail via Facebook messages and handwritten notes. Facebook messages from a third party allegedly were were sent to the deputy, who would respond to that person’s message. That person would then relay the message back to the female trusty.

Jail policy forbids personal relationships between guards and inmates.

The Argus-Press filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Sheriff’s Office June 21 for the record of phone calls placed by the female trusty, and has not yet received those records. The corrections deputy resigned one week after the Sheriff’s Office received the request.

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