'Fashion' show costs 3 jailers their jobs

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

SHELBYVILLE -- A Lewisburg woman lost her job as a Bedford County jailer, along with two other correctional officers, for their role in a "fashion" show by female inmates last month.

The show allegedly included partial nudity, however, Bedford County Sheriff Randall Boyce and his department's chief administrator, Larry Lowman, said that was only because of a bikini made from a sweatshirt.

One of the fired jailers took pictures with his cell phone camera but deleted them, Boyce and Lowman said as they discussed the results of their department's investigation. It was conducted in conjunction with one by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

A fourth jailer remains suspended since the Nov. 11 incident that also resulted in revocation of privileges for trusties who'd been allowed to work at the senior citizens center in Shelbyville, the sheriff's office, the jail and its kitchen, Lowman said.

Terminated as of Nov. 14 were:

-- Alma D. Cantu, 52, of Preston Avenue, Lewisburg. Her base pay was $667.80 every two weeks. She was hired Sept. 22.

-- Steven A. Qualls, 32, of Raysville Road, Tullahoma, who'd been paid $972.42 every two weeks. He'd started Jan. 9.

-- Jason A. Carden, 24, of Highway 41-A North, Shelbyville. He was paid $949.19 every other week. He was hired May 16.

Suspended without pay three weeks ago was Jamie D. Farris, 20, of Billy Darnell Road, Shelbyville, who was hired Aug. 6. His regular pay was $934.50. Farris' suspension continues this week.

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