GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) – A Georgetown County corrections officer was arrested Friday for allegedly performing sexual acts with an inmate and providing the inmate with cellphones.
According to a press release from the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, 36-year-old Kimberly Gibbs was charged with sexual misconduct with an inmate, misconduct in office, furnishing contraband to an inmate and obstructing justice.
On Wednesday, officials with the Georgetown County Airport notified staff at the Georgetown County Detention Center that a cellphone was found in the ceiling of the bathroom in one of the hangers.
It was alleged the phone was possibly placed in the ceiling by one of the inmates assigned to the airport.
A pilot told investigators that they'd observed a suspicious vehicle parked near one of the hangars, according to the release. When the pilot approached the vehicle, the driver reportedly left in a "suspicious manner."
The pilot then tried to go into the bathroom, only to discover that it was occupied by the inmate. The airport manager was notified and a search led to the discovery of the cellphone.
As the search continued, a second cellphone was also found outside of the hangar, the release stated.
The inmate was taken back to the jail and questioned about the cellphones and the suspicious vehicle. Although he initially denied any knowledge, he then claimed responsibility for one of the phones, the release stated.
According to investigators, that particular cellphone received a text message from Gibbs that came from her personal phone while she was working the following morning. She was placed on administrative leave with pay.
On Thursday, GCSO investigators interrogated the inmate, who reportedly confessed to having a relationship with Gibbs at the detention center. He also claimed ownership of both phones found at the airport, said he knew of the female in the suspicious vehicle and described how he got the phones, the release stated.
As a result of the interrogation, investigators learned Gibbs and the inmate performed sexual acts within the detention center and she was sent the phones through the mail.
Those phones were then provided to the inmate by leaving them on the airport property, the release stated. Gibbs reportedly was paid electronically by various people associated with the inmate.
Gibbs, who had been employed with the GCSO since March 2015, reportedly admitted to the majority of the allegations. She was then arrested and fired.
The female driving the suspicious vehicle was identified and no state criminal violations were identified.