FERGUSON • A former correctional officer at the jail here was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison for allowing an inmate to escape in 2013.
Jaris Hayden, then 31, pleaded guilty Oct. 7 to two felony charges: being a public servant acceding to corruption and permitting an escape.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ashley Bailey-Smith recommended four years in prison.
There was no substantive discussion in the sentencing hearing in St. Louis County Circuit Court on Tuesday about the crimes. Hayden’s lawyer made no recommendation in court, and Hayden did not speak.
He was indicted in November 2014, and those charges originally also accused him of having sex with an inmate on Oct. 9, 2013, in exchange for allowing her to escape. The two sex charges were dropped at his plea, and he made no admission at the plea that he had sexual contact with the inmate, his lawyer said at the time.
A federal civil suit against Hayden and Ferguson is still pending. In the suit, the former inmate says she was pregnant, and that Hayden forced her into performing oral sex on him after her boyfriend paid her bail. Hayden told her that she still had traffic warrants from other municipalities, the suit says.
The woman was not present for the sentencing, but her lawyers were. They declined to comment.
The woman had originally been pulled over by police for having an expired license plate, then gave the officer a false name, the suit says.
Hayden started as a correctional officer on May 25, 2012. He was terminated on Nov. 19, 2013.