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December 29, 2013

Former prison officers, inmates charged

Bribery indictments filed against 11 people involving former CCA pre-parole facility

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A Parker County grand jury has indicted two former corrections officers, 11 former inmates and five others in a case involving allegations of bribery and providing contraband to those imprisoned at the former Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Transfer Facility.

According to indictments released to the public Thursday, Carl James Guittard, 36, and Terrie Elaine Glover, 49, both former corrections officers at the privately run facility housing Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates, are each charged with bribery and providing, or possessing with intent to provide, tobacco to a person confined at the facility around Feb. 1.

The indictments allege at least 10 people offered or conferred money on a prepaid debit card to Guittard, Glover or both.

All suspects were charged with providing, or possessing with intent to provide, tobacco to a person confined at the facility, in addition to any bribery charges.

It’s not common for state prosecutors to pursue bribery and contraband cases with as many defendants with ties to each other as the recent indictments, according to special prosecutor Mark Mullin.

“This is a lot of folks,” Mullin said. “You know we’ve seen it before but we don’t deal with it very often and not this many of them.”

Investigators reportedly began receiving information about the issue around the beginning of the year from various sources.

“It was a pretty extensive investigation with all the people involved,” Mullin said of the several-month investigation.

“I’m very familiar with contraband cases because of the units that I handle but I knew this one was problematic,” Mullin said adding that, although there have been a high number of contraband cases, he’s not aware of any other case at the prison unit involving a network of as many people.

A spokesman for the TDCJ’s Office of Inspector General was not available to respond to questions Friday, according to the OIG office, which investigated the case. 

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