According to Sheriff Thoroughman, his office received a tip back on July 14 that there was possible sexual misconduct involving a male corrections officer at the Scioto County Jail and a female inmate.
The Sheriff’s Office immediately started an investigation. Detectives confirmed that sexual misconduct had taken place between Officer James Layne IV and a female inmate.
The Sheriff immediately placed Layne on administrative leave until the investigation was complete. On Friday, July 23, the Scioto County Grand Jury indicted Layne, 46 of Franklin Furnace, on sexual battery and dereliction of duty.
Officers arrested him and took him straight to jail where he’s being held without bond. He’ll face a judge in Scioto County Common Pleas Court next week.
Drug Smuggling Operation
Just two weeks ago, the Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Corrections Officer John C. Aeh, 43, of Wheelersburg for smuggling drugs into the jail for cash. On July 7, his office received a tip that an employee was smuggling tobacco and drugs into the jail in exchange for cash.
As a result of the investigation, Scioto County Sheriff’s Office detectives determined that correctional officer John Aeh conspired with multiple inmates, their family members, and friends to smuggle both illegal drugs and tobacco into the Scioto County Jail. Investigators determined that Aeh received payments for his services via a cash app.
Heroin and Meth Discovered
Investigators, aided by Ohio State Highway Patrol Officers and a K9 from OSP, launched a search of the Scioto County Jail and came up with lots of evidence. Sheriff Thoroughman said the search resulted in the discovery of drugs, tobacco, and other contraband found both in jail cells and on the person of inmates.
Officers discovered these items during the search:
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