A former Jackson County deputy is headed to prison for two years for having sex with an inmate while on duty.
Judge Kathy King Jackson on Friday sentenced Johnathan Jenkins, 33, of Indianola, on one count of unlawful sexual activity.
The judge ordered Jenkins to serve three years under post-release supervision and fined him $1,500. Jenkins will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
In his plea, Jenkins admitted that he had sex with a female inmate for two days in September 2016.
“This officer took an oath to serve and protect the citizens in this state,” District Attorney Tony Lawrence said Friday. “His job was to secure, monitor and protect those incarcerated at the jail, not take advantage of them. The law is clear that a prison guard cannot have sex with an inmate and while the evidence showed that the act was consensual, it still was a violation of the law.”
A second former deputy, Bradley Scott Davis, 36, of Moss Point, has also admitted to engaging in oral sex with a female inmate at the jail while he was on duty over a two-week period in June 2016.
Davis worked for the Sheriff’s Department for 11 years.
Davis pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual activity in October.
Prosecutors have recommended a sentence of five years for Davis, with two years to serve and three years under post-release supervision.
Both deputies were terminated following their indictments.
Assistant District Attorney Shon Ellerby prosecuted the case.