KNOXVILLE – Three former staff members of correctional facilities in East Tennessee have been indicted following a joint investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Scott County Sheriff’s Department.
On October 24th, at the request of 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler, TBI Special Agents joined the investigation into allegations involving three staff members of the Scott County Jail and the Scott County Juvenile Detention Center, both in Huntsville, TN. During the course of the investigation, authorities developed information that Deana Keith had sexual contact with a male inmate inside the jail while on duty earlier this year. The investigation further revealed Marie Elizabeth Gilreath opened cell doors to allow Keith access to have sexual contact with the inmate. Authorities additionally developed information that Tabitha Eloise Wilson, a corrections officer at the Scott County Juvenile Detention Center, had multiple sexual encounters with an adult male inmate inside the facility. The county subsequently terminated the employment of all three women.
Today, the Scott County Grand Jury returned indictments for the women, charging Keith, 28, of Oneida, with one count of Sexual Contact with an Inmate and one count of Official Misconduct. Gilreath, 31, of Whitley City, KY, faces one count of Facilitation of Sexual Contact with an Inmate and one count of Official Misconduct. The indictments returned today charge Wilson, 27, of Oneida, with one count of Official Misconduct. This afternoon, authorities booked the three women into the Scott County Jail on $1,000 bond each.