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Private investigator, inmate charged with indecency after Macon County Jail sex acts, police say
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Private investigator, inmate charged with indecency after Macon County Jail sex acts, police say

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DECATUR — A private investigator and a Macon County Jail inmate are both facing preliminary charges of indecency after corrections staff said they walked in on them in the middle of a sex act.

Both the 37-year-old male Decatur inmate and the 64-year-old female investigator from Springfield were charged with public indecency. He remains held without bond and she is free after posting $1,000 bond. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney's office. 

A sworn affidavit from Sgt. Roger Pope with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office said the investigator had been hired by the inmate, who is being held on violation of parole and drug possession charges. Pope said correctional staff became suspicious of “behavior exhibited in an interview room” when the two met July 24.

Pope said jail staff then began “intently viewing and monitoring” the pair’s meetings, which were recorded with a camera lens that was “in plain view.” Pope said it was obvious they were performing a sex act.

“After reviewing two previous meetings between (the inmate and the investigator), she can be seen performing oral sex on the inmate on July 5, July 17 and July 24,” Pope added. He said the inmate stood up to try and hide the act from the camera lens and the investigator positioned a large file folder to act as a privacy screen.

When the investigator arrived at the jail at 4 p.m. Wednesday for another meeting with the inmate, jail staff were ready. “Sgt. Flannery and I along with other corrections officers entered the room and caught (the investigator) in the act,” said Pope.

Macon County Sheriff Tony Brown, who served as jail superintendent for four years and has been with the sheriff’s office for 29 years, said Thursday he has never come across a case like this.

He said inmates’ meetings with private investigators are treated like attorney-client sessions and allowed a degree of privacy without eavesdropping. The sheriff said it may be time to rethink how those meetings are conducted. “Perhaps arrange it in such a way they have no physical contact,” Brown added.

“But, at the end of the day, we don’t want to do anything to violate the attorney-client privilege with individuals.”


Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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