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DeSoto Parish jailer accused of fondling inmate

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MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle says a jailer has been arrested after admitted to fondling a female inmate.

Arbuckle says 50-year-old Robert Smith, of Logansport, was booked Thursday with malfeasance for having prohibited sexual conduct with a person in custody.

The sheriff tells The Times Smith's arrest stems from a grievance filed Monday by the inmate to the corrections chief.

Smith, who returned to work Tuesday, was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. The sheriff says only one inmate was involved.

Smith was hired in 2008 as a corrections officer. He posted a $7,500 bond and was released from jail.

It was unclear whether Smith has an attorney.

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