Ex-corrections officer, accused of bringing contraband into jail, indicted on charges

A former Preble County corrections officer was indicted on charges Monday for allegedly bringing contraband into the county jail in 2017. 

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Jared Rivers, 21, was placed on administrative leave in April, 2017 after the Preble County Sheriff’s Office opened an internal investigation about a staff member who brought contraband into the jail and was receiving payment, according to a media release from Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson. 

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Rivers was scheduled for a pre-disciplinary meeting on May 10, 2017, but submitted his resignation the day before, Simpson said. 

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“Investigators continued the investigation over the last several months. The investigation determined that Rivers, on several occasions, delivered small packages to an inmate while he was working, and was paid by a third party to do so,” Simpson said. 

A Preble County Grand Jury returned an indictment on six charges Monday, five counts of bribery and one count of dereliction of duty. 

Rivers is currently listed as an inmate at the Preble County Jail and his initial court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday. 

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