A former corrections officer at the Washington County Jail pleaded guilty to an information bill Friday morning for unauthorized use of a computer, cable or telecommunications property, a fifth-degree felony.
Nathan Hale, 27, of 112 Sierra Drive, Marietta, was originally charged with theft, a fifth-degree felony; and tampering with records, a third-degree crime.
Washington County Assistant Prosecutor David Silwani said as part of the plea agreement, the original cases will be dropped and he will plead guilty to the new case.
According to police reports, while conducting a routine review of work products in September 2019, a lieutenant learned that an inmate had made allegations against Hale. The allegations are that Hale provided monetary or credit compensations to several inmates placed in the Washington County Jail.
The sheriff’s office said after they spoke with Hale, an investigation began.
The investigation revealed that Hale put money into inmates ’accounts by using the Keefe Commissary System to refund purchases made from inmates’ accounts.
The sheriff’s office reported that this continued from the latter part of May 2019 to September 2019.
Hale’s guilty plea was a violation of unauthorized use of a computer, because he used multiple officers’ log-in credentials to hide his actions, the police report said. .
An audit of the Keefe program showed that $ 282.22 was refunded to seven inmates, using a total of 33 transactions.
Washington County Common Pleas Judge John Halliday said Hale faces a maximum of 12 months in prison, a $ 2,500 fine and two years of post-release control.
His sentence goes to Halliday’s court at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28.