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April 24, 2014

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2 Fired Jail Officers Charged In Contraband Case

Glenn Allen Johnson, at left, and Charles Jason Shelton

Originally published: 2013-04-22 10:32:52
Last modified: 2013-04-22 10:34:17



Two former Greene County Detention Center officers were charged Friday with bribery of a public servant in connection with alleged activities when they were employed at the county jail, sheriff's deputies said.

Glen Allen Johnson, 35, of 610 Forest Road, Midway, and Charles Jason Shelton, 37, of 15 Myers Acres Lane, were charged by agents of the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force, a report said.

Both allegedly accepted cash "upon an agreement or understanding that his action would be influenced," the report said.

Both signed written statements admitting to "at the request of inmates, smuggling contraband into the Greene County Detention Center in exchange for money, a violation of Tennessee law."

The alleged activity occurred between Sept. 1 and Nov. 1, 2012, reports said.

The arrest warrants did not specify what types of contraband were smuggled into the jail.

Johnson and Shelton, along with a third correction officer, Travis Swift, were fired in March.

The three correction officers who were fired had worked at the jail for two years or less.

Sheriff Steve Burns said last month the men were fired following an internal investigation into the introduction of contraband into the jail and the county workhouse.

Materials included "mostly tobacco products and Suboxone," Burns said.

No charges have been filed against Swift as of Monday.

Johnson started working at the jail in April 2011. Shelton began there in February 2012.

Bond for each was set at $40,000, pending a first scheduled General Sessions Court appearance today.

Burns said last month an investigation continues into the smuggling of banned items into the jail.

"The investigation is ongoing, and when it's complete, it will be turned over to the district attorney general's office," he said.

Four inmates were charged March 8 with drug possession and introduction of drugs into a penal facility after a section of the detention center's C-Pod area was locked down. The four inmates were assigned to the same cell.

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