INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Marion County Sheriff John Layton has fired two jail deputies for misconduct involving inmates, according to officials.
The two deputies, Tonya Bradley, a 14-year MCSO employee, and Marceline Daniel-Estil, a 9-year MCSO employee, were assigned to the Jail’s Security Division.
Officials said the two women were terminated for fraternization with women inmates.
“These are actually two very separate situations. It’s very coincidental, they were ongoing at the same time,” said Layton Friday afternoon.
Layton explained the terminations were the result of an internal affairs investigation that began about three weeks ago. He said both deputies had been placed on paid administrative leave about ten days before they were dismissed.
Sheriff Layton wouldn’t discuss specifics, but said Bradley was terminated for fraternization involving financial matters – specifically, a situation involving food stamps.
“Money matters,” Layton said. “Making exchanges, is what the allegations are.”
He says with Daniel-Estil, the situation involved an “exchange of information with an inmate.”
“Rules and regulations being broken and a past history of her behavior here at the jail brought it to a head at this point,” Layton said.
According to the sheriff’s office rules and regulations, “deputies shall not consort with, or in any way fraternize with, persons of known bad character or ill repute in a manner which shall conflict with the duties of the employee or functions of the department.”
“We train, we evaluate, we hire and we swear in these deputies. Every indication when they come through the door, they’re exactly what people in Marion County expect. If those employees decide to go a different direction, after they come in here, are sworn in, and wear the badge – that’s where I step in. I’ll show them the pathway and it’ll be right out the door,” Layton said.
The results of the sheriff’s department investigations have been passed on to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office for a review of possible criminal charges.
24-Hour News 8 couldn’t reach Bradley Friday, and when we stopped by Daniel-Estil’s home, no one answered the door.