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Illegal visits prompt changes at Oklahoma County jail

Officers at the Oklahoma County jail have been told to ask more questions when investigators from other agencies drop in to question one of the facility's 2,000-plus inmates.
BY ANDREW KNITTLE AND NOLAN CLAY Published: February 2, 2012

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.

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