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Old 07-07-2017, 09:20 AM
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PRESS RELEASE
07-06-17

FORMER PULASKI COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT TRANSPORT DEPUTY CHARGED WITH SEXUAL CONTACT WITH AN INMATE

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that Donald E. Sapp, DOB: 3/1957 of Lynchburg, Missouri was charged by Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney Dustin Dunklee with one count of Sexual Contact with a Prisoner.

In early January, a Pulaski County inmate disclosed to Pulaski County law enforcement officers that she had engaged in sexual activity with a Pulaski County Deputy during a transport from the Chillicothe Correctional Facility to the Pulaski County Jail. Pulaski County Sheriff Jimmy Bench immediately contacted the Missouri State Highway Patrol and requested the Division of Drug and Crime Control (DDCC) initiate an investigation into the matter. Sheriff Bench also placed Deputy Sapp on a leave of absence, ordered him to have no contact with the Department and Deputy Sapp resigned his commission with the Sheriff’s Department soon thereafter.

DDCC immediately began an investigation and obtained two search warrants with the assistance of the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office for DNA and a cell phone. In addition, DDCC conducted several interviews. In the process of this investigation, it was determined that the sexual activity most likely occurred at a conservation area located in Morgan County.

DNA results were obtained in late June confirming details of the inmate’s story. On June 29, 2017, DDCC investigators submitted a probable cause affidavit alleging the offense of Sexual Contact with a Prisoner. After coordination between the Pulaski County Prosecutor Kevin Hillman and Morgan County Prosecutor Dustin Dunklee, it was determined that the best venue for criminal charges was Morgan County as the sexual acts occurred there.

On July 5, 2017, Morgan County Prosecutor filed a complaint in the Circuit Court of Morgan County alleging one count of Sexual Contact with a Prisoner and requested a warrant. Judge Stephen Grantham issued a warrant in the amount of $50,000 cash or surety.
A copy of the complaint and probable cause statement are attached.

The Prosecutor’s Office reminds everyone that these charges are merely an accusation and the person named herein remains innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:03 AM
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This should have never happened......more than one deputy should be involved with prisoner transport for safety reasons and legal reasons.
A big black eye on the sheriff's department if this turns out to be true.
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Old 07-08-2017, 08:06 AM
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This should have never happened......more than one deputy should be involved with prisoner transport for safety reasons and legal reasons.
A big black eye on the sheriff's department if this turns out to be true.
Got to agree. As you well know I requested funds for a second transport officer but those funds never showed up. So I took admin people away from their actual jobs and sent them on transports. Rob Peter to pay Paul. No incidents on transports but the admin jobs did not get done on time.
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Old 07-08-2017, 08:41 AM
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BBW most things you asked for when you were the sheriff and I was just a lowly commissioner were turned down by the other two commissioners and most of the time never even made it to a vote.
I often wonder how much better the county would be if your ideas were allowed to have been voted on, money and the lack of it was all the other commissioners would talk about they never wanted to explore other ways of raising the funds needed to operate the county.
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Old 07-15-2017, 09:15 AM
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BBW most things you asked for when you were the sheriff and I was just a lowly commissioner were turned down by the other two commissioners and most of the time never even made it to a vote.
I often wonder how much better the county would be if your ideas were allowed to have been voted on, money and the lack of it was all the other commissioners would talk about they never wanted to explore other ways of raising the funds needed to operate the county.
The jail would be well on it's way to being paid for. Just like the tourism tax.
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Old 07-15-2017, 10:13 AM
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People of tunnel vision have been on the commission too many times over the years.
As a person who dislikes paying tax's, sometimes you have to give in if you want improvements in your community.
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Old 07-15-2017, 09:12 AM
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You're right about that Rudy. Heck, for many years the other two Commissioners you speak of turned down even allowing the people to VOTE on a LE sales tax. What happened when it was finally voted on. It passed overwhelmingly by the voter's of the County, because they know we have been and still are behind the power curve on funding for our LEO's. Just like when you deal with money, for legal and ethical reasons you never have the same person in control of every part of that exchange, because that CAN lead to problems. Moving prisoners should be exactly the same thing both to protect the officer and the inmate(s). When problems like this arise, just like in any organization you must take immediate action and keep deal with it and then make adjustments so it doesn't happen again. This fella is in some deep trouble. And, of course he is innocent until proven guilty, but if he did do this, he must pay the price for doing the deed.
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