Former deputy sentenced
A former corrections deputy, who worked at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, was sentenced Nov. 28 to five days in jail for inappropriate contact with a female inmate.
Joshua Ted Sutherlin, 36, of Prineville, pleaded no contest to first-degree official misconduct and harassment, Class A misdemeanors, which occurred between Aug. 1 and Sept. 13, 2016.
The information, filed Nov. 16, in the Jefferson County Circuit Court, states that Sutherlin, a public servant, "did unlawfully and knowingly perform at act, to-wit: touching an inmate's buttocks, which act constituted an unauthorized exercise of his official duties, with intent to obtain a benefit."
Additionally, it states that he "did unlawfully and intentially harass or annoy (the inmate) by subjecting (her) to offensive physical contact ..."
Judge Daina A. Vitolins sentenced Sutherlin to five days in jail, which he served in the Deschutes County Jail, and two years of bench probation. He was also fined $100.
"Since he knew where there was a blind spot in the camera system, that's where it reportedly happened," said Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins, who terminated Sutherlin on Sept. 30, 2016.