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Deputies arrested, fired for inappropriate behavior with an inmate

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RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Four Rapides Parish deputies have been fired, and two of the four have been arrested after the sheriff's office says they were involved in a sexual encounter with a female inmate.

RPSO tells us they made the arrests after the inmate reported the incident to the warden at the DC 1 jail.

News Channel 5's Brooke Buford has the story.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office says it will not tolerate misconduct from its deputies.

"We have a saying in corrections: care, custody and control," said Lt. Tommy Carnline, with RPSO. "Inmates are in our care, custody and control. If they have a complaint of any type we always investigate that complaint. We go where it takes us."

But, they say that's what happened last week when a female inmate reported an inappropriate sexual incident that she said took place involving two deputies - 56-year-old John Benjamin and 51-year-old Donald Weston.

"An inmate complained to the warden and the warden immediately contacted our investigators and that initiated the investigation," said Lt. Carnline.

The sheriff's office won't release details about the nature of the incident, but says it was enough to take action.

Both Benjamin and Weston were charged with malfeasance in office related to prohibited sexual conduct. Benjamin was also charged with introducing contraband into a correctional institution.

Two other deputies were fired for violating department policy.

"That's not good," said Rushana Schaffer, a resident. "I don't think that should be happening at all. Why become a deputy and break the law?"

"They took care of that, so that was a good thing," said Latarsha Spikes, another resident."

The sheriff's office says they'll be re-evaluating their policies to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"Our policies are being looked at," said Lt. Carnline. "They're making some adjustments to those. We solved the problem. Sheriff Hilton is very proactive. We deal with it swiftly and effectively. That's what we've done in this case."

Benjamin was released on $10,000 bond. Weston was released on $5,000 bond. The two other deputies aren't expected to be charged.

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