Friday, January 1, 2010

Dallas County prison guard under investigation for having inmate dance seductively for her

A Dallas County prison guard is under investigation for fraternizing with inmates for having a 20 year old male inmate dance seductively for her. The allegeations allege that Officer Kytrina Lewis had an inmate (and high school classmate, Gregory Miller of Dallas, lap dance for her to music playing from a CD player she brought into the institution. Lewis, a 15 month veteran, resigned December 9 for the incident, which took place December 1. A second claim is that Miller recieved Lewis' personal cell phone with her picture.

Officer Jerkeitha Hawkins wrote that Lewis was sitting down, facing Miller when "He was moving his hips in a circular slow motion and motioning his body in a sexually erotic way as if he were a male dancer [stripper]." Hawkins wrote that Miller's inner thigh touched  Lewis' legs. She watcher Lewis because Miller was "hanging out at the desk all night ... listening to music, playing different CDs and talking on the officer's work phone." He allegedly heated Lewis' food and brought her a drink of water.

A second inmate, 36 year old Tevis Mayes, was leafing through CD's. "They switched the CD, and the party continued on well after the supervisors left," Hawkins wrote.

In the south tower, the Suzanne Kays jail, officers are stationed behind a desk, where they can directly observe inmates in each housing pod. Inmates are not separated into individual cells, but function in an open space where bunks also are located.

Miller and another inmate were seen by other guards hanging around Lewis' desk all night listening to music from a CD player she brought into the housing pod, according to sheriff's reports. At one point, Miller heated Lewis' food and brought her water.

A 2006 Sheriff's Department policy bans the use of personal electronic devices, including cellphones, in secure areas of the jail.

Lewis admitted bringing the CD player into the jail and having Miller dance for her.  "I asked Miller one day could he still dance like in school," she said. "He stated yes, and on that particular day, he did dance seductively behind my desk...He did not straddle me, but he did dance seductively behind my desk. I played a song on the CD player, and he danced. Yes that was inappropriate, but I wasn't thinking and I did know that it was wrong for me to have the CD player."

Miller claimed to have only met Lewis the month before the incident, and to have never met her before then. The incident is still under investigation.

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