FORT LAUDERDALE (WSVN) - An overhaul of security measures are underway at the main Broward County jail following a surprising investigation.
Broward Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating reports of unlawful and inappropriate activity inside BSO's jail facilities, which has led to seven arrests so far, among them four employees and three inmates.
Inmate [name withheld] was sentenced to 50 years in state prison Friday for a rash of armed robberies at pharmacies he committed. The robberies took place around the same time that Broward deputy Chris Reyka was murdered. Reyka was gunned down outside of a Pompano Beach 24-hour pharmacy in August 2007.
[name withheld] was never formally accused of Reyka's murder, but evidence shows he had someone throw away three of his guns. Divers recovered two of the guns, which does not match the crime, and the third is still missing.
Despite [name withheld]'s charges, Kiara Walker, a jail technician, is accused of romancing [name withheld] in jail. She is accused of smuggling him a cell phone, sending him sexually explicit photos and love texts.
"Particularly disturbing," Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti said, when asked about the findings in the investigation. "It's disgusting, it's deplorable, and I'm sickened that they would resort to this kind of behavior."
Former deputy Salisia Pascoe admitted to smuggling marijuana and batteries to make a lighter, along with a cell phone to an inmate whom she had sex with in a storage room. Former Deputy Roderick Lopez, is also accused of taking up to $800 in bribes to smuggle contraband to an inmate in the same main Broward County jail.
Two other deputies who are under investigation have since resigned. Caroline Jean, a former nurse at the jail, admitted to providing a cell phone with sexually explicit photos to an inmate.
"The males appear to be doing it for cash and the females appear to be doing it for romance," said Broward Sheriff's Office Detective Joe Kessling.
As a result of the investigation, which continues, Lamberti has ordered several changes. Deputies and other employees will have to go through metal detectors. He has also ordered more surveillance cameras and tougher regulations.