ENID — Three women once employed as jailers at the Garfield County jail are accused of having sex with inmates and bringing cellphones, cigarettes and marijuana into the detention facility.
An investigator with the Garfield County sheriff's office wrote in an affidavit that the women and other jail staff would tamper with surveillance cameras to avoid being seen with inmates and act as lookouts for one another, often signaling if other jail staff were approaching.
The women also frequently came in on their days off to spend time with inmates, records show.
The alleged misconduct came to light in the aftermath of a Sept. 7 shakedown of the Garfield County jail, which turned up several contraband items, including cellphones and handwritten letters between inmates and jail staff.
The investigation cost five members of the jail's staff — including two men — their jobs.
Dorothy Tabor, the jail's administrator, said the shakedown was a random action by her staff. She said she had no idea how many employees and inmates would be exposed in what she described as a routine search.
“We do searches every so often ... we have to keep them on their toes,” Tabor said. “I didn't have a clue about this other stuff.”
Three women have been charged in Garfield County District Court with engaging in sexual acts with inmates and bringing contraband into the jail. Two men, whose names have not been released, have resigned their positions due to the investigation, Tabor said.
Tabor said the two men were “more than likely” helping the female jailers carry on their relationships with the male inmates
“We've had this happen before, but not this bad,” Tabor said of the inappropriate relationships between the jailers and the inmates.
Tabor said the jail currently has 207 men and 30 women serving time. She said the inmates are controlled by a staff of six jailers during the day and five at night.
Staci Nicole Guffey, 19, was the first member of the jail staff to be discovered as a result of the inquiry.
Guffey, who quit her job without notice on Sept. 11, signed written statements implicating other female jail staff members two days after she quit.
Guffey, of Hennessy, admitted to Garfield County investigators that she was involved in an inappropriate relationship with an inmate for a period of approximately two weeks.
She admitted that she let the inmate in the central control tower at the jail, a post that controls “the entire access operation of the facility,” court records show.
Guffey also told investigators she used the jail's emergency intercom system to have conversations with the inmate and that she brought him chewing gum, a cellphone, cigarettes and an ink pen.
Investigators found letters from Guffey to an inmate after the Sept. 7 shakedown.
Kevina Guadalupe Abercrombie, 29, and Krystal Dawn Davidson, 32, were implicated by Guffey after she was questioned by investigators.
Abercrombie, who, like Guffey, admitted to tampering with video cameras, seemed to develop the deepest bond with an inmate.
According to court records, Abercrombie told investigators that her relationship with the inmate grew after the two served meals together during the day shift.
Abercrombie also admitted to bringing the inmate Dr Pepper, books of stamps, mechanical pencils, cigarettes, beef jerky, puzzle books and “Q-tips and bobby pins to clean out his ears,” court records show.
“Abercrombie describes her relationship with (the) inmate to be true love,” the affidavit states. “She desires a long-term happiness upon his release from prison. She sees marriage and a future with (the) inmate.”
Davidson admitted to having inappropriate relationships with four inmates and to bringing in various contraband items for the men, including marijuana, cigarettes, tobacco, rolling papers and chewing gum.
One inmate told investigators he had sex with Davidson in a secluded room in the jail and that he had numerous “make-out sessions” with the former jailer.
The same inmate told investigators that Davidson continued to write him under different names — and using different handwriting — following the Sept. 7 shakedown.
The inmate said he was “living in fear of other inmates due to the facility lockdown Davidson's actions have created,” an investigator wrote in an affidavit. The inmate also indicated that he wanted to have a protective order issued against Davidson for the unwanted letters, although one had not been filed as of Tuesday evening.
Investigators also found homemade pornographic movies on Davidson's cellphone following the Sept. 7 shakedown.
Guffey and Abercrombie are each charged with one count of sexual battery and two counts of bringing contraband into a jail. Davidson is charged with two counts of sexual battery and two counts of bringing contraband into a jail.
All of the women have been released from jail after posting bail, court records show.
Attempts to reach Guffey, Abercrombie and Davidson for comment were not successful.
A tough job
Tabor, who worked for years as a jailer before becoming the facility's head administrator, said it's difficult for some women to work every day around inmates.
“These inmates, they're conning you into doing something,” Tabor said. “A lot of people forget they're on the other side of the wall and you lose focus.”
Tabor said the nature of corrections work exposes those with weaknesses, especially if the inmates see the jailers on a daily basis and develop friendly relationships with them.
She said inmates will write poetry, make paper roses and do just about anything else to get the attention of female jailers.
“And some girls just don't ... have the self-confidence to not believe what they're saying,” Tabor said. “They will give you the moon.
“They will offer it all to you on a silver platter.”