BALLINGER - A former Runnels County jailer and an inmate and the inmate's girlfriend have all been charged for allegedly bringing prohibited substances and items into the jail facility, Runnels County Sheriff Carl Squyres reported Wednesday.
BALLINGER - A former Runnels County jailer and an inmate and the inmate’s girlfriend have all been charged for allegedly bringing prohibited substances into the jail facility, Runnels County Sheriff Carl Squyres reported Wednesday.
Squyres said that in April the Runnels County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation into contraband making its way into the jail. The illegal contraband included tobacco, lighters and razors - all items that are prohibited at the jail.
Trevor Anthony Marcilliotte, 29, a former jailer, of Ballinger, was arrested on a warrant, Tuesday, May 8, for engaging in organized criminal activity, a second degree felony and prohibited substances in a correctional facility, a third degree felony. Marcilliotte was released on bonds totalling $90,000 on Wednesday morning.
Two others are facing the same charges including Bradley Wayne Horton, 29, an inmate at the Runnels County Jail and his fiance, Rebecca Michelle McNelly, 42, both of Ballinger. Both are being held on bonds totaling $90,000. If convicted all three could face 2-10 years in prison for the third degree felony and 2-20 years in prison for the second degree felony.
According to a news release, Marcilliotte was employed as a jailer from Oct. 15, 2014 to April 25, 2018 when he quit without notice.
Squyres said the investigation began about two weeks prior to Marcilliotte's resignation.
Horton was in jail on a parole warrant for burglary of a habitation. All three were arrested on Tuesday, May 8 on a warrant issued out of the Runnels County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace office.
“An incident of this nature is an embarrassment, not only to myself as the Runnels County Sheriff, but to all of the good, hard working dedicated jailers, dispatchers and deputies within the Runnels County Sheriff’s Office,” Squyres said in the release. “We understand that an incident of this nature tarnishes the image of all law enforcement.”
Squyres said that the investigation is ongoing and others may be charged at a later date.
“I want to insure each citizen of Runnels County that this behavior will not be tolerated by the Runnels County Sheriff’s Office and all individuals will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”