JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind.–A correctional officer in Johnson County is out of a job. He is accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate.
Zachariah Johnson, 28, was a correctional officer with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, but Johnson County Sheriff Duane Burgess says Johnson is now a “former correctional” officer after he was arrested Thursday.
Burgess also asked the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office for help. Morgan County detectives spoke with Johnson Thursday evening.
The Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division spoke with the female inmate and her attorney. After the interviews, Johnson was arrested on several charges.
Johnson is facing three counts of sexual misconduct, three counts of official misconduct, and one count of trafficking with an inmate.
Johnson was a Special Deputy/Correctional Officer with the Sheriff’s Office for two years. He was taken to jail on a $14,500.00 bond.
“As these allegations involve a Sheriff’s office employee allegedly engaged in criminal acts while working in his official capacity as an employee, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office was brought into this criminal matter to ensure complete transparency. This type of action will not be tolerated by the Sheriff’s Office,” said Burgess in a statement released Friday morning.