Columbia, SC – A former South Carolina detention officer has been arrested on misconduct charges amid allegations she had an inappropriate relationship with an inmate accused of murder, according to investigators.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said the 26-year-old former detention officer, China Gregg, turned herself into police on Jan. 6 on a charge of misconduct in office, The State reported.
She was subsequently booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, which is the same facility where she used to work, Sheriff Lott said.
Investigators said Gregg was working at the detention center when she allegedly became involved in an inappropriate relationship with an inmate being held on a murder charge, The State reported.
Staff at the jail notified the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) about the relationship, resulting in a criminal investigation being launched, according to WACH.
The investigation was wrapped up in late October of 2022, according to The State.
Investigators determined the now-former detention officer had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with an inmate.
The inmate’s identity was not immediately released.
It is unclear when Gregg’s employment at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center ended, The State reported.
It is also unknown if she resigned or if she was fired.
No other details about the case were immediately available.
According to Richland County court records, Gregg was granted a $15,000 personal recognizance bond and was released from jail on Monday, The State reported.
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