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October 26, 2013

Ex-jailer charged with having inmate sex

Weatherford man is former Palo Pinto County jailer

By CHRISTIN COYNE

Accused of violating the civil rights of a person in custody, a Weatherford man and former Palo Pinto County jailer and peace officer was arrested Friday afternoon.

Taken into custody by Weatherford police around noon, Terry Lynn Snell, 43, was charged with violation of the civil rights of a person in custody-sexual, according to Parker County Jail records, which indicate he was transported to Palo Pinto Friday afternoon.

State law prohibits a correctional facility employee or peace officer from intentionally engaging in sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person in custody.

Palo Pinto County officials said the charge stemmed from an indictment by a grand jury.

Details of the charge against Snell were not available Friday.

The Palo Pinto County District Clerk’s Office said the judge had not yet signed the indictments late Friday afternoon so the indictment was unavailable.

No one was available to talk to the Democrat at the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office Friday afternoon and the Democrat was unable to reach Sheriff Ira Mercer on his cell phone by deadline.

The Democrat was unable to reach area Texas Ranger Anthony Bradford Friday afternoon, as well.

According to Texas Commission on Law Enforcement records, Snell was a licensed peace officer and jailer with the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office from January through April.

He also held a jailer’s license through the Parker County Sheriff’s Office for five months prior to his time in Palo Pinto County.

TCOLE records also show Snell held a peace officer’s license as a part-time or reserve officer for two small cities in West Texas and a temporary jailer’s license as a part-time jailer in a West Texas county for several months beginning in April 2011.

No disciplinary actions of suspension or revocation had been taken on Snell’s licenses as of Friday, according to Laura Le Blanc, custodian of records for TCOLE.

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