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Corrections Officer arrested

Russell County Deputies arrest one of their own on sex related charges. The allegations come on the heels of a two week investigation from inside the jail.

Sheriff Heath Taylor says they arrested 49 year old Donna Ridgeway after an inmate cooperated with them on what they are calling an inappropriate relationship.

Ridgeway, a Corrections Officer for three to four years at the Russell County Jail was arrested Wednesday night and charged with conspiracy to commit sodomy. Taylor says the act never happened because authorities were already in on the investigation.

Russell County Sheriff, Heath Taylor says, “We do everything we can to explain and teach the corrections officers that you can't get involved with inmates on a personal level and sometimes we can't stop it."
Taylor says it all started when the two engaged in conversation about how the inmate could get out of jail. Taylor says Ridgeway was also fired and had a previous clean record as a jail guard.
Ridgeway remains behind bars at the Lee County Jail with a bond set at $7,500.

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