Posted: Aug 20, 2010 6:10 PM by Sarah Rosario, Heather Harel
Updated: Aug 20, 2010 7:39 PM
A West Baton Rouge Parish Jail corrections officer is behind bars today, accused of selling cell phones to inmates.
Deputy Sheriff Morris J. Williams, Jr. was arrested when three cell phones were found behind the doors of the West Baton Rouge prison walls during a routine shake down August 9th. Investigators secured a search warrant to go through one of the phones and found a contact named, "Guard." The number was traced back to Williams.
Police said more evidence was found through texts.
"He said, 'Go ahead, it's cool. Go ahead, and pay him $200,'" said Mike Caze, West Baton Rouge Sheriff.
The sheriff said a prisoner had contact with an outsider who paid the guard money. The delivery of cell phones was caught on tape.
"Video shows he went straight to the cell block where the phones were found, pulled them out of his clothes, threw them on the bed and then walked out," said Caze.
The phones were found in one of the high risk dorms, a place for inmates accused of very serious crimes.
Williams worked as a deputy for a little over a year and does not have a previous criminal record. He is charged with malfeasances in office and entering contraband into a penal institution. Williams is not in the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail. His bond is set at $50,000.