Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver
(Douglas County, Colo.) A former Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy is charged with allegedly attempting to bring contraband items into the detention facility where she worked. She also faces allegations of sexual misconduct.
Carley Jackson, 24, was arrested and booked into the Douglas County Detention Facility on May 31. She was also fired from her position as a deputy.
Jackson, hired as a deputy in December 2019, faces felony charges of making a bribe and attempting to influence a public servant, alongside misdemeanor charges of official misconduct, conspiracy and introducing contraband in the second degree.
An investigation into Jackson’s conduct was opened on May 25 when information was provided to the office regarding the former deputy’s alleged criminal conduct.
According to the arrest affidavit filed in the 18th Judicial District of Colorado, an inmate alleged a deputy had brought a disposable lighter, which is jail contraband, into the E-2 unit of the facility. On March 11, deputies searched E-2, locating a white disposable lighter and over 40 other contraband items.
The affidavit alleges Jackson’s role in the search was to document items collected; however, Jackson “conspicuously failed to document the lighter.” The lighter was put in the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office evidence, and detention division command staff decided not to process the evidence at the forensic crime lab.
According to the court document, Jackson was assigned to the F jail unit, and at least three inmates said in interviews with command staff and detectives that Jackson had exchanged sexual favors with inmates in the E unit. Inmates informed investigators they overheard discussions among other inmates relating to Jackson, including allegations that she had engaged sexually with inmates and also brought marijuana edibles and a lighter into the facility.
On May 16, a detective and lieutenant spoke with Jackson about the allegations, which she denied. She stated she would not have a relationship with an inmate.
On May 30, Jackson told another detention deputy she had brought the lighter into the facility for inmate Dominic Perea. She claimed Perea threatened to report notes they had exchanged if she did not provide the lighter. The notes detailed her calling Perea “hot,” and stating she could not date him because she had an inmate as a boyfriend.
That inmate was identified as Bryan Wegman, a 33rd Street Crip gang member who was incarcerated in the Douglas County facility from November 2019 through March 2021. Phone calls were discovered between Jackson and Wegman dating from September 2021 when Wegman was incarcerated in the Buena Vista Correctional Facility.
Jackson denied any sexual misconduct.
A $10,000 surety bond was posted for Jackson on May 31, and she appeared in court on June 1. She is scheduled to next appear in court on June 30.
This is still an active investigation, and the sheriff’s office is not releasing any other information now.