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Detention officer accused of taking bribes from inmate

Jessie Michael Baker, 25, was dismissed from his job last week and charged with two counts of accepting bribes after he confessed to the crime.

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NASHVILLE, N.C. — A Nash County Jail detention officer faces charges that he accepted bribes from an inmate.

Jessie Michael Baker, 25, was dismissed from his job last week and charged with two counts of accepting bribes from a prisoner after he confessed to the crime, officials said.

Sheriff Dick Jenkins said authorities were tipped off by other inmates who claimed the unidentified inmate was somehow getting cigarettes inside the no-smoking facility.

Upon further investigation, they learned that the inmate had worked out a deal with Baker in which a friend on the outside would pay Baket $30 for each pack of cigarettes he would take back to the inmate.

Jenkins said investigators were unsure who the outside link is, but they do not expect to file any charges against that person.

Baker, who worked as a detention officer for six months, is out of jail on a $30,000 bond. He could not be reached for comment Monday.

Authorities said they are still investigating whether Baker might have brought in items to other people.

"If you can bring (cigarettes in), what else can you bring in?" Jenkins said. "And I'm just thankful we got this, and hopefully this is the end of this."

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