The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 15, 2012

3 ex-county jailers arraigned; bond set

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Three former Garfield County Detention Center jailers were arraigned Monday afternoon on charges they committed sexual battery and brought contraband into the jail.

Staci Nicole Guffey, 19; Kevina Guadalupe Abercrombie, 29; and Krystal Dawn Davidson, 32, have been charged with felony crimes. Bond also was set Monday.

Guffey and Davidson turned themselves in to authorities Friday, and Abercrombie was taken into custody Monday morning. District Judge Brian Lovell set bond at $15,000 for Davidson and Abercrombie, and $5,000 for Guffey during video arraignment. Assistant District Attorney Hope Bryant requested $30,000 bond for Davidson and $15,000 each for Abercrombie and Guffey.

Their next court appearance is 1:15 p.m. Nov. 26, and Lovell urged the women to obtain attorneys as quickly as possible. Davidson faces one count of second-degree rape, or in the alternative a count of sexual battery, another count of sexual battery and two counts of bringing contraband into a jail (cellphones and tobacco). Guffey and Abercrombie each are charged with a count of sexual battery and two counts of bringing contraband into a jail.

Second-degree rape is punishable by five to 15 years in prison. Each count of sexual battery is punishable by up to five years in prison. A charge of bringing a cellphone into the jail, a felony, is punishable by up to two years in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,500.

The charge of bringing tobacco into a jail, a misdemeanor, is punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $500.

A Sept. 7 search of the jail led to the discovery of cellphones and contraband that led to an investigation, according to an affidavit filed in the case. Investigators learned of inappropriate relationships between inmates and certain jailers, along with staff members bringing contraband into the facility.

Five jailers, including Guffey, Abercrombie and Davidson, were placed on administrative leave following the search of the jail, and all were fired or resigned between Sept. 10 and 11.

The two other jailers — both men — were fired for violating policy, but will not be charged, Undersheriff Jerry Niles said. He said the issue is a personnel matter, and he cannot discuss it further.

According to the affidavit filed in Davidson’s case, she spoke with Deputy Steve Ramsey Sept. 11 and admitted to having relationships with five inmates.

She said her relationship with one began as “excessive conversations” that led to writing notes and letters and into a physical relationship where the two would hug, make out and attempt to have sex.

Davidson said she brought the inmate gum, soda, rolling tobacco, chewing tobacco and marijuana.

Ramsey interviewed one of the five inmates Davidson had a relationship with Sept. 12. The inmate told Ramsey he had sex with Davidson, touched her sexually and had “make out sessions” with the jailer.

The affidavit in Guffey’s case states she quit her job Sept. 11 without giving notice. Guffey spoke with Jail Administrator Dorothy Tabor about her actions with an inmate and an inappropriate relationship she had with him.

Guffey said on Sept. 3, she was working in the central control tower and allowed an inmate out of his pod and into the tower, according to the affidavit.

She said they talked and hugged, but did nothing else in the tower. She also told Tabor she and the inmate had been talking on the phone. Guffey said she was in a relationship with the inmate and had been going out for about two weeks.

Abercrombie told Lt. Shon Jackson, Ramsey and Deputy Laura Roberts she was in a relationship with an inmate and disclosed other relationships between jailers and other inmates.

Abercrombie said her relationship with an inmate began with small talk, and grew the more they spent time together.

Staff Writer Cass Rains contributed to this story.