Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested After Allegedly Falsifying Records
April 01, 2017
Broward sheriff’s jail deputy Oreth Smith, was arrested Tuesday after an internal investigation revealed he spent his work shift using his cellphone instead of conducting security checks and inmate head counts, according to an arrest affidavit.
The investigation into Smith’s conduct was started by an inmate complaining that Smith was “constantly” on his phone and it kept him from doing his job, according to an arrest affidavit.
His supervisors watched jail surveillance videos to confirm the allegations.
It’s against the sheriff’s office policy for deputies to have personal cellphones in the jail.
Deputy Smith was suspended without pay and arrested on charges of bringing contraband into the detention facility and official misconduct.
He was released on bond. Records don’t list an attorney.
The deputy was reassigned to restricted administrative duty July 25, 2016, as part of an investigation into how murder suspect Dayonte Resiles was able to escape from the Broward County courthouse.
“The public corruption investigation continues,” Coleman Wright said. “So far, investigators have found no evidence connecting the deputy to the Resiles escape.”
Officials said he wasn’t authorized to bring his cellphone to his desk at the housing unit of the Joseph V. Conte facility, which houses inmates awaiting trial.
He was charged with bringing contraband into a jail facility for the phone, as well as for a pizza BSO investigators said he shared with inmates.
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