A Rapides Parish Sheriff's correctional deputy has been arrested and terminated from her position following allegations of a romantic relationship with an inmate and smuggling a cellphone into the detention center, according to an official release.
Krystal Morris Peters, 34, was taken into custody on Thursday based on warrants that had been issued after a cellphone was discovered within the Rapides Parish Detention Center #3 in Alexandria. The incident unfolded at the facility located off Coliseum Boulevard and involved Kenneth Pattum, a 33-year-old resident of Jennings who is serving a sentence for his involvement in a second-degree murder, as reported by the sheriff's office.
As investigators delved into the case, they uncovered "evidence suggesting that Peters had engaged in a sexual relationship with Pattum," according to the official statement.
Peters, a resident of Alexandria, now faces multiple charges. She has been booked into Detention Center #1 in downtown Alexandria and is charged with bringing contraband into a penal institution, malfeasance in office by sexual conduct, and criminal conspiracy. Remarkably, she spent less than an hour in jail before being released on a $1,500 bond.
Meanwhile, Kenneth Pattum has also been arrested on charges of possession of contraband in a penal institution and criminal conspiracy. He remains in Detention Center #3, serving his existing sentence.
An ongoing investigation is underway to uncover more details surrounding this incident.