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Employee at St. Louis County jail accused of having sex with one inmate, smuggling cigars for others

Employee at St. Louis County jail accused of having sex with one inmate, smuggling cigars for others

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UPDATED at 1:30 p.m. with official’s comment on the case.

CLAYTON • A St. Louis County jail employee had sex with one inmate and smuggled cigars and cigarettes to others, charging documents filed this week claim.

St. Louis County prosecutors charged Desiree Wallace, 22, of the Spanish Lake area, on Monday with a felony charge of sexual conduct with an inmate and a misdemeanor charge of delivery or possession of contraband at a jail.

In charging documents, Clayton police Detective Alexis Hatley said Wallace was being investigated for smuggling the tobacco products when cigars and cigarettes were found on her “person.” An inmate identified only by initials in the documents told investigators he’d had sex with Wallace, and Wallace admitted writing letters to the inmate “that included details of their relationship.” The charges say the crimes happened in January.

Julia Childrey, acting director of the St. Louis County Department of Justice Services, said in an email that an internal investigation in January “determined that a corrections officer, Desiree Wallace, had been in possession of contraband in a secure area.” Wallace was fired, Childrey wrote, and all findings were turned over to Clayton police.

Online court records indicate Wallace has not yet been arrested. No attorney is listed for her.

Police said there was no connection between Wallace and an internal investigation into the deaths of two inmates at the St. Louis County Justice Center, which is examining the actions of jail workers and nurses.

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