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No charges at SEORJ following two mysterious letters

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Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013 8:07 am

NELSONVILLE – No charges have been filed against any employee at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation since Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn turned over two mysterious letters that were written anonymously about the jail in July and October.

The controversial letters allege that several improprieties have taken place at SEORJ, including some that could be criminal in nature.

The first letter, written in July, alleges that at least one employee drinks alcohol with inmates, accuses employees of clocking in for other employees, and also makes several accusations of sexual harassment among employees.

The letter names several specific employees at the jail who may be involved and gives explicit details about what allegedly occurred.

“What happened to not hiring employees with criminal records?” states a second letter written in October. “What happened to drug testing of employees? What happened to the proper management of funds? What happened to the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace?”

The second letter was sent to the county commissioners in each of the counties that houses inmates at SEORJ, including Hocking, Athens, Morgan, Perry and Vinton, as well as several news outlets.

Keller said that the letters were immediately turned over to BCI to investigate after his office received copies of them.

When contacted by The Logan Daily News about the letters, SEORJ Warden Jeremy Tolson referred the matter to attorney Gary Hunter.

Messages seeking comment from Hunter were left at his office, but not returned.

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