One terminated, one to be disciplined after inmate escapes

Published: Nov. 28, 2011 at 8:09 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2011 at 12:46 PM EST
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Authorities are still looking for Charles Ransom (Source: Horry County)
Authorities are still looking for Charles Ransom (Source: Horry County)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) After an inmate was able to trick workers and walk out of an Horry County jail last week, one officer's employment has been terminated Friday.

Tom Fox, Director at J. Reuben Long Detention Center, said Monday that two employees were placed on leave pending investigation into the escape of Charles Dwight Ransom.

Ransom was said to have switched identification bracelets with another inmate, Nathaniel Mack Martinez, after bond was posted for Martinez. Both had been incarcerated on drug charges.

A meeting was held Monday morning to discuss the employees and the situation. When asked if security procedures and any potential changes were discussed at that meeting, Fox said the procedures were in place, they just weren't properly followed.

Friday, Horry County announced that one of those employees has since been terminated. The other will be terminated sometime next week. "The investigation revealed procedural errors made by staff and all have been corrected," said the County.

Ransom remains at large and anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact the Horry County Sheriff's Office.

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