The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 13, 2012

Probe targets county jailers

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Bond was denied and arrest warrants issued Friday for three female Garfield County jailers charged with sexual battery and bringing contraband into the jail.

Staci Nicole Guffey, 19; Kevina Guadalupe Abercrombie, 29; and Krystal Dawn Davidson, 32, all were charged with felonies Friday.

Download a PDF of the court documents HERE. (Note: contains graphic content.)

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 (cell phones and tobacco), and Guffey and Abercrombie were charged with a count each 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. Charges of bringing a cell phone into the jail, a felony, is punishable by up to two years in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,500.

The counts of bringing tobacco into a jail, misdemeanors, are punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $500.

A Sept. 7 search of Garfield County Detention Facility led to the discovery of cell phones and contraband that prompted an investigation, according to an affidavit filed in the case. Investigators learned of inappropriate relationships between inmates and certain jailers, along with staff bringing contraband into the facility.

Undersheriff Jerry Niles said five jailers were placed on administrative leave following the search, and all were fired or resigned between Sept. 10 and 11.

Niles said the department holds its jailers to a higher standard and expects them to follow the law.

“We do hold our staff, and our staff does hold themselves, to higher standards,” he said. “We don’t want the allegations against these three individuals to reflect upon the detention staff as a whole, because they are professional and hardworking.

“Anytime when humans are dealing with other humans, sometimes their judgment gets clouded.”

Niles said the women, upon their arrest, would be placed into protective segregation.

Each woman was interviewed by jail staff and admitted to having relationships with inmates and to bringing them items such as food, stamps, tobacco and cell phones.

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

On Sept. 12, Davidson made a second statement in reference to Abercrombie.

She said Abercrombie was having inappropriate relationships with two inmates and would manipulate the video surveillance cameras to allow her unseen access to inmates, according to the affidavit.

In another statement made Sept. 18, Davidson admitted to another relationship with a fifth inmate. She said she wrote this inmate letters, gave him her phone number and kissed him.

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.

In a Sept. 18 follow-up interview, the inmate said Davidson continued to write to him under false names, and said he wanted a protective order issued against Davidson.

Two cell phones belonging to Davidson were searched. The phones contained text messages between Davidson and various inmates, as well as videos of Davidson and one of the inmates pleasing themselves, according to the affidavit.

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.

Letters to the inmate from Guffey were confiscated during a search of the jail. In the letters, Guffey wrote how soft the inmate’s lips were and how much she enjoyed what happened between the two of them in the tower. Guffey also mentioned in one letter how she would let the inmate have sex with her.

Ramsey spoke with the inmate Sept. 11 about his relationship with Guffey.

The inmate said he and Guffey had been having a relationship, and he was engaged to be married to her, according to the affidavit. He said Guffey did let him into the tower and they hugged and kissed, but nothing further happened.

The inmate said Guffey brought him contraband, but then refused to cooperate further with the investigation.

Ramsey spoke with Guffey again Sept. 13. Guffey said on Aug. 8, she was working in the central control tower and started a conversation with an inmate through the emergency intercom system.

She said she would often have conversations with the inmate when she was working in the central control tower, according to the affidavit. She said they began a correspondence through letters, in which she would use an alias.

She said it was too expensive for the inmate to call her, so she bought him a GoPhone. She said after two weeks, they expressed their love for one another. Using another name, she put money on the inmate’s account at the jail.

She said she brought him other items such as cigarettes, candy bars and an ink pen, and would fabricate reasons to come to the jail on her days off, according to the affidavit.

She said on the day she quit her job, she went to see the inmate and the two shared a kiss and a hug.

She said she would “assist” other jail staff having relationships with inmates by turning cameras and flashing the lights to warn other jail staff was coming.

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.

She said her relationship with an inmate began with small talk and grew the more they spent time together. She said she began writing the inmate and sent letters using his last name.

She said as the relationship grew, she began bringing things into the jail for the inmate, such as books of stamps and Dr Pepper, according to the affidavit. She said she spoke “at great lengths” with the inmate over the jail’s intercom system.

Abercrombie said she would have “consensual mini make-out sessions” with the inmate, according to the affidavit. She said they never went further than kissing and cuddling.

She recalled sharing between 15 to 20 kisses with the inmate while he was assigned as a trustee. Abercrombie used her cell phone to take pictures of her and the inmate, according to the affidavit.

The inmate was moved to another pod, but Abercrombie still had conversations with him over the intercom system. She said she brought him other items, such as stamps, gum, mechanical pencils, puzzle books and beef jerky, as well as a cell phone and charger. She also placed $40 to $50 on the inmate’s account on two or three occasions.

Abercrombie said she would move cameras to hide her movements and conceal contact with the inmate. She said she would accept cleaning and other duties to be near to the inmate.

Abercrombie described her relationship with the inmate as “true love,” and said she desired long-term happiness upon his release from prison, according to the affidavit. Abercrombie said she sees marriage and future with the inmate.

She also said she helped other jailers conceal relationships with inmates by flashing the lights or signaling other jailers if someone was coming.

Jackson and Ramsey interviewed the inmate Sept. 13, and he admitted to having a relationship with Abercrombie. He would not disclose or go into great detail about his relationship with her.

The inmate appeared “genuinely concerned” about Abercrombie and would not admit to receiving items from her, according to the affidavit. He indicated he truly cared for Abercrombie and terminated the interview and refused to cooperate further.