Oklahoma County jailers have been told to ask more questions when investigators from other agencies drop in to question inmates.
Sheriff John Whetsel said Wednesday the policy change is in response to a 60-year-old man who used police credentials from the small town of Langston to get six private meetings with his incarcerated fiancee.
The meetings took place between Sept. 28 and Nov. 22, with some of them held well after midnight.
Dawud Ali, of Oklahoma City, was charged Tuesday with six felony counts of unauthorized entry into a prison institution. He has been a reserve Langston police officer.
Ali signed in the first time as a Langston officer but the other five other times signed in as being from Logan County, records show. He was a supervisor at the Oklahoma County jail before being fired in 2001, records show.
Whetsel said the fact Ali used his police uniform as part of his ruse made it more difficult to detect.
“This is not a problem with security,” Whetsel said. “This is a law enforcement officer who abused his position. ... It wasn't just a citizen who walked up off the street.”
The jail often has more than 2,000 inmates.
The fiancee, Latoya Keyon Wilson, 33, was arrested after she shot a gun Sept. 26 at a neighbor's house in southeast Oklahoma City, court records show. She pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge Nov. 17. She was put on probation for five years and ordered to continue mental health treatment. She was still in jail Nov. 22 because of municipal offenses.
Ali apparently gave her a cookie on his last visit and said then she was pregnant, records show.
The meetings between the couple took place in interview rooms that offered little privacy from any passer-by, officials said.
Because of the lack of privacy, Whetsel said he believes there was no sexual contact between Ali and Wilson.
There is no video footage or audio recordings of the six private meetings, Whetsel said.
Detention officers became suspicious of Ali on his last visit because he signed in as being from Logan County but was wearing a jacket that said “Police” rather than “Deputy,” records show.
“At the time, he claimed to be from the sheriff's office in Logan County,” Whetsel said. “But the credentials he produced were from the Langston Police Department.”
Ali was fired Jan. 18
Geisette Meade, town administrator of Langston, said Ali was terminated Jan. 18.
Meade did say Ali was suspended before being fired. She didn't say why or for how long.
“The city didn't need his services anymore, and that's about all I can say,” she said.
Meade said Langston employs two full-time police officers to serve the town of roughly 1,700.
Three reserve officers, who aren't paid for their services, are also part of the staff.
Meade said reserve officers in Langston are issued uniforms, badges and other police credentials.
Whetsel said the fact Ali used his uniform to secure private visits with his fiancee in the county jail warrants serious criminal charges.
“He has no place in the business of law enforcement by abusing that authority,” he said.