A former Butler County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer was booked into the jail on Hanover Street today on felony charges for allegedly bringing illegal items into the correctional facility.
Brandon Moore, 34, of Hamilton, has been indicted by a Butler County grand jury for bribery, a third-degree felony, and four counts of conveyance into a correctional facility, according to Butler County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ed Tanner.
The items smuggled into the Butler County Jail for cash included cellphones, miscellaneous tools, and protein powder, according to the sheriff’s office.
A routine jail cell search was conducted at the beginning of the month and a cellphone was discovered in the pod where Moore was assigned, according to the sheriff’s office. This led to an investigation with correctional staff, inmates and in all the pods located in the facility.
Detectives determined that Moore was responsible for bringing items to inmates in exchange for money, Tanner said.
“It is never easy when you have to investigate one of your own. We are, and should be, held to a higher accountability. He knew the rules, he knew better, and he did it anyway,” Tanner said.
Moore was bringing the items in to the jail over a period of time and then inmates arranged for someone on the outside to pay him cash, according to Tanner.
Additional charges could be added in the future, he said.
According to Tanner, Moore was hired by the sheriff’s office in September 2017. He was a probationary corrections officer and was terminated when the investigation began.
“This guy obviously had no respect for himself or the safety of his co-workers. Now, he will be on the other side of the bars he once guarded, and he deserves it,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.