A Fort Bend County jailer has been fired after he had an “improper relationship” with an inmate, authorities reported Monday.
Nathan Carr, 31, was dismissed from duty on Saturday, Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan announced at a press conference Monday afternoon.
Fagan said the incident came to his attention on Thursday and Carr was immediately denied further contact with inmates.
Fagan said his office initiated an investigation into the incident and was charged with a felony offense.
Fagan said the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office joined in the investigation, and he and District Attorney Brian Middleton agreed to charge Carr with improper sexual activity with a person in custody, a state-jail felony.
Carr was arrested around 9 p.m. Saturday, Fagan said.
“He was immediately relieved of duty without pay,” Fagan added.
Fagan refused to disclose whether the inmate was male or female or the inmate’s age, saying the inmate was a victim whether male or female.
Carr has been employed with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office as a correctional officer for the past five years.
He remains in jail despite a $35,000 bond, Middleton said.
“It is unacceptable to have people in authority abusing their power,” Fagan said. “I am grateful to the person who came forward with the information, and I trust my team will get to the bottom of it.”
Fagan said another inmate notified the jail staff of Carr’s inappropriate behavior.
Fagan said Carr’s actions occurred despite sheriff’s office policies prohibiting such relationships and video cameras.
Fagan told the Fort Bend Herald that Carr apparently used his knowledge of the jail policies and cameras to conduct the improper relationship.
Fagan said he has ordered jail staff to undertake specialized training twice a year to help prevent further incidents — more training than the state of Texas requires.
Fagan said his staff is investigating whether Carr has had other improper relationships with inmates.
Also, Fagan said posters will be hung at the elevators to the jail reminding staff and inmates that such relationships are felony offenses.
If convicted, Carr faces up to two years in a state jail and a $10,000 fine.