Former Sumter County corrections officer charged, fired for misconduct

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 12/7/18

A Sumter County detention officer is being held at the facility where she was recently employed for allegedly allowing an inmate to keep contraband, according to state authorities.

Keneshia Suade McFadden, 22, a former correctional officer at …

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Former Sumter County corrections officer charged, fired for misconduct

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A Sumter County detention officer is being held at the facility where she was recently employed for allegedly allowing an inmate to keep contraband, according to state authorities.

Keneshia Suade McFadden, 22, a former correctional officer at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center, was arrested Wednesday after she reportedly allowed an inmate to keep a tobacco product after finding out about it.

McFadden allegedly found out the inmate had the contraband on Oct. 14 but did not share that information with superiors and did not confiscate the contraband as required by law, according to a warrant and Thom Berry, SLED spokesperson.

The claim was corroborated, according to the warrant, by legally obtained recorded phone conversations between the inmate and McFadden and by her statements to SLED agents after she was advised of her Miranda rights.

Sumter County Sheriff's Office requested that SLED look into the allegations. Sheriff Anthony Dennis oversees the sheriff's office and the detention center.

McFadden's employment at the detention center started in April and was terminated upon her arrest.

She is charged with misconduct in office and was being held at the detention center until she made bail on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond on Thursday.