Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Requests outside Investigation following Reports of Detention Officer Selling Contraband to Inmates
During the month of June, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office received information that a Pickens County Detention Officer was smuggling various types of illegal contraband into the Detention Facility and selling the items for personal gain.
The information forwarded to the Sheriff’s Office contained activity that was potentially criminal in nature and if through an investigation was found to be substantiated, would meet “Official Misconduct” criteria and trigger the mandated state requirements governing all law enforcement agencies in South Carolina to report the conduct to the state.
Justin Lee Kelley (22yoa) was hired on December 7, 2014, and was assigned to the Detention Center where he served as a Detention Officer. Mr. Kelley was terminated from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office on June 19, 2015, for violation of Sheriff’s Office policies.
On June 19, 2015, agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division initiated an investigation at the request of Sheriff Rick Clark.
On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office was notified by SLED authorities that Kelley would be charged with two criminal offenses pursuant to their investigation.
Any inquiry about the criminal investigation should be directed to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.