- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama jail corrections officer is accused of having sexual contact with an inmate.

Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin says 22-year-old Telly Atkins of Tanner was charged Wednesday with one count of custodial sexual misconduct.

Atkins was a detention deputy at the Morgan County jail.

Franklin says Atkins is accused of having sexual contact with the inmate and also smuggling cigarettes and a cellphone battery into the jail. He also faces charges of promoting prison contraband.

Sheriff’s Lt. Terry Kelly says authorities began investigating Atkins when a cellphone was discovered in an inmate’s cell.

Franklin says her office has begun the process of terminating Atkins’ employment.

It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

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