Second arrest in Clark jail investigation

gkocher1@herald-leader.comJune 19, 2009 

Police have made a second arrest in an investigation that led to charges last month against a deputy jailer.

On Tuesday, Audrey L. Castle, 33, of Winchester was charged with second-degree official misconduct, according to an arrest citation. She admitted to police that she brought coffee and two packs of cigarettes into the Clark County jail at least three times, Deputy Sheriff Mark Craycraft said.

"These items were delivered to inmates inside the detention center even though the defendant knew it was illegal to do so," an arrest citation said.

Castle is not employed by the jail. She works for Kellwell Food Service, a contractor that brings food into the jail, Craycraft said.

An inmate, Darren Tays, 28, of Winchester, was charged with promoting contraband, Craycraft said. Tays and others had requested the items, the citation said. The contraband included a pack of cigarettes suspected of containing drugs, the citation said.

On May 15, Deputy Jailer Kenneth Earl Mitchell, 46, of Sharpsburg was charged with first-degree promoting contraband and official misconduct, Craycraft said.

An arrest citation said Mitchell allowed prisoners to bring drugs, tobacco and cell phones into the jail. The citation also said Mitchell was paid in cash and "sexual favors."

Mitchell dated inmates who had just been released from the jail, the citation said. Mitchell also asked at least two current inmates "to testify that he was innocent" of the charges, the citation said.

The offenses "occurred frequently over the past two or three years," according to the four-month investigation conducted by Capt. Arlen Horton of the Clark County Sheriff's Department.

Clark County Fiscal Court voted last week to terminate Mitchell's employment. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Jailer Bobby Stone was not available Thursday for comment.

Greg Kocher covers Clark County for the Herald-Leader. Reach him in the Nicholasville bureau at (859) 885-5775.

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