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Deputy Accused of Smuggling Contraband Admits to Inappropriate Photo of Inmate

SEBASTIAN COUNTY, AR -- Law enforcement officials confirm a detention deputy with the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center has been arrested and charged with a felony after supposedly smuggling contraband to inmates.
SEBASTIAN COUNTY, AR -- Law enforcement officials confirm a detention deputy with the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center has been arrested and charged with a felony after supposedly smuggling contraband to inmates.

The Sebastion County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) received information of the allegations against Celeste Wagoner on Oct. 9 and immediately began an internal and criminal investigation. SCSO was informed Wagoner was smuggling contraband and giving preferential treatment to certain inmates, according to reports.

Wagoner was interviewed on Oct. 9 where she confessed to bringing cigarettes (contraband) into the jail and giving them to inmates. During the interview, she also admitted that she had developed a friendship with an inmate and had an inappropriate picture of that inmate.

The investigation resulted in Wagoner's arrested, and she is charged with furnishing prohibited articles, a class B felony. She was arrested Oct. 15 and released the same day on a $5,000 bond. She was arraigned in Sebastian County Circuit Court on Oct. 23.

The internal investigation revealed that two other detention center employees were in violation of the sheriff's office policy.

A detention center sergeant resigned during the course of the investigation and a detention deputy was disciplined for policy violations.
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