The administrator of the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center was arrested Tuesday and charged with accepting a bribe, Kentucky State Police said.
Police say Henry "Butch" Williams took a bribe from an inmate at the Paintsville jail to have the inmate's wife transferred from another jail to Big Sandy, state police spokesman Mike Goble said.
Big Sandy, a regional jail for Johnson, Magoffin, Lawrence and Martin counties, has been under investigation by state police and auditors for more than a year.
Last year, police seized numerous documents at the jail. This year, a deputy jailer was fired after he was reprimanded for taking off his pants in front of an inmate and several Johnson County sheriff's deputies.
According to a warrant to be filed in Floyd County criminal court, in January 2009, Williams solicited a 1987 black F150 pickup and cash from inmate Doug Wright to transfer White's wife, Angie Wright, to Big Sandy.
According to jail records, Douglas Junior Wright was an inmate at the jail from October 2008 to May 2009 on a charge of fireworks sale or possession. Angela Wright was transferred to Big Sandy from the Grant County jail in February 2009 and stayed until March. Charges were not available in Big Sandy's records on Angela Wright, Big Sandy employees said Tuesday.
Williams, who did not return phone calls, was released Tuesday night from the Floyd County Detention Center on $10,000 cash bond.