Former sheriff's office guard accused of having sexual contact with inmate

Monday, April 2, 2012 at 1:08pm
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James Wilson Jr.

A former guard with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office was arrested last week after being accused of having sexual contact with a female inmate convicted of first-degree murder.

James Wilson Jr., 50, was indicted by a Davidson County grand jury last week on two counts alleging that he engaged in “sexual contact” with inmate Pamela Jenkins, 28.

According to the indictment, the contact occurred over Dec. 2 and 3, 2011. Minutes for the meeting of the Metro Civil Service Commission show that Wilson resigned from his job as correctional officer on Dec. 5, 2011.

Wilson — a 14-year employee with the sheriff's office — reported his actions to superiors in early December, according to police. That led to an investigation by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs and the Metro Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit.

Jenkins was arrested on Nov. 23, 2011, after police alleged she was involved in the May 6, 2011, robbery and killing of Jordan Gardner outside Out of Bounds nightclub on Murfreesboro Pike. Two other men, Joshua Carter, who allegedly shot Gardner, and Adonis McElmore are also in jail in connection with the crime.

Wilson bonded out of jail on Saturday for $20,000. Jenkins is awaiting trial and her bond is set at $100,000.

8 Comments on this post:

By: Ask01 on 4/4/12 at 2:38

Yet another shining example of Tennessee law enforcement.

By: govskeptic on 4/4/12 at 10:03

Say it isn't so, we have an accreditation process that would never
let a unsavory character get through their rigorous approval!
Never mind the dozens of Sheriff's and other law enforcement
officers that have done criminal and imprisonment offenses!
It doesn't just occur in the smaller and lesser paid counties either.!

By: Loner on 4/5/12 at 4:45

So, the guy turned himself in, then resigned? That's got to be a mitigating factor. Or did somebody squeal?

The man's career is down the toilet and he may go to jail....just for a little poontang....he was thinking with the wrong head...the chick must have been pretty hot for a 14-year veteran to lose it like that...one wonders how many times he had sex with inmates over the past 14 years....he should have taken matters into his own hands in the officer's mens room.....now he has virtually screwed himself.

How do these guys get hired in the first place? Isn't there a vetting process? Or is the hiring done through nepotism and cronyism?

By: Loner on 4/5/12 at 4:59

The article states: "A former guard with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office was arrested last week after being accused of having sexual contact with a female inmate (Jenkins) convicted of first-degree murder." (emphasis mine).

In the last paragraph, the article states: "Jenkins is awaiting trial and her bond is set at $100,000".

So, is Jenkins still a "suspect', or has she been convicted of murder, if so, what is the trial for? Is it for the sexual encounter?

The NCP should print a correction, if Jenkins has not been convicted of murder.

By: NewYorker1 on 4/5/12 at 10:36

Loner, you got me LMAO with "Poontang".

I don't see anything wrong here. If both are consenting adults, then what's the problem. The article didn't say he raped her. She's locked up and needed her back cracked, he was willing to crack her back and that should be the end of it.

By: Loner on 4/5/12 at 11:10

Glad you liked the retro term, NY1....I don't see the "sin", I do see unprofessional conduct...kinda like the mailman reading people's mail....isn't it?

Taint right.

By: brandon100 on 4/6/12 at 10:20

I'm sure she offered it to him.....he took it and she then bribed him....that is why he turned himself in. Promise you she did this to bribe him and get favored treatment.

By: Ask01 on 4/6/12 at 10:34

Even if the inmate did 'offer' favors to a guard, and both were consenting adults, one was obviously in a position of power and supposedly expected to exercise some self control, display some degree of professionalism, and hopefully, good judgement.

The bottom line, in any other situation, unless money was involved, as we don't want to offend the morals police, no one would care what two consenting adult do in private.

In this circumstance, the guard failed totally on all counts, and I'm fairly certain he turned himself in after he realized the inmate had him dead to rights and was hoping for a lighter punishment, or no punishment at all.