A former corrections officer at a special needs' jail is facing a grand jury indictment for allegedly having sex with inmates.
Authorities said 26-year-old Janel Sands used to work at the Deberry Special Needs Facility.
The Tennessee Department of Correction fired Sands in May when the allegations surfaced.
TDOC officials released the following statement:
“Not only does this type of behavior violate the TDOC Code of Conduct, this behavior is criminal and strictly prohibited by state and federal law. The safe and secure operation of prisons is key to the Department’s mission and any threat to that mission will be rooted out and dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. As you can see from the vigorous prosecution by the Department, this type of behavior will never be tolerated by TDOC.”