SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Shelby County Sheriff's Office jailer has been arrested in connection to allegations that he grabbed an inmate's genitals, showed the man a nude photo of himself, and accepted a $200 bribe from the same inmate to facilitate an early release for him.
Korey Lanier, 42, of Tenaha, was booked in to the Shelby County Jail on a second-degree bribery charge and a state-jail improper sexual activity with a person in custody charge.
Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell said he had no comment because it is not his case. He also said that although McClure is still employed by the sheriff's office, his dismissal is pending.
According to the arrest warrant for the improper sexual activity charge, the investigator for the Shelby County District Attorney's Office met with a former inmate who told him McClure had "grabbed" him by the genitals on several occasions while he was a trusty at the jail.
In addition, the former inmate claimed that McClure showed him a video on his phone of an unknown man masturbating, the affidavit stated. McClure also allegedly showed the former inmate a nude photo of him bending over.
According to the affidavit, the investigator had previously spoken to another former Shelby County Jail inmate, who told him that McClure texted him after his release and asked to perform oral sex on him. The former inmate also said McClure sent him a nude photo of him bending over, the affidavit stated.
The texts and photographs McClure sent to the second former inmate were collected as evidence.
The arrest warrant for the bribery charge stated that the first former inmate also told the investigator that while he was at the jail, McClure told him that if he could get him $200 in cash, he could get him released from jail. Then McClure allegedly allowed the former inmate to call his mother to make arrangements.
McClure allowed the former inmate to go into the outside recreation area by himself, the affidavit stated. At that point, the inmate's mother allegedly gave him the $200 through the fence.
The man went back into the jail and gave the money to McClure, the affidavit stated.
When the investigator spoke to the former inmate's mother, she gave him a written statement that backed up what her son said, the affidavit stated.
McClure previously worked for the Shelby County from 2008 March of 2012, and according to personnel records obtained by East Texas News, he was fired the same year because he didn't feed an inmate. He applied to be re-hired by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office in in November of 2012, and he was re-hired in 2013.