Truckee jail officer investigated Nevada County DA reviewing case |

Truckee jail officer investigated Nevada County DA reviewing case

A correctional officer assigned to the Nevada County Sheriff’s substation in Truckee is being investigated for allegedly conducting an improper search of a female inmate, according to a press release issued by the sheriff’s office.

Criminal and internal investigations have been on-going since the complaint was filed against the male officer Aug. 18, according to Sheriff Troy Arbaugh. Since that time, more complaints have surfaced, he said.

“We will investigate reports of this type thoroughly and take appropriate action,” Arbaugh said, adding if evidence supports it, the officer’s employment could be terminated.

District Attorney Michael Ferguson said he has reviewed the findings of the preliminary criminal investigation but is awaiting more information before deciding whether to file charges.

“I am waiting for some follow-up (information) I asked the sheriff’s department to do,” he said.

The corrections officer was placed on paid administrative leave Aug. 19, but sheriff’s officials cannot release the

officer’s name or that of the alleged victim as the case constitutes a personnel matter, Arbaugh said.

Truckee’s jail has three cell blocks and can legally hold 10 inmates – eight men and two women, according to Sgt. Tom Carrington. It is an overnight holding facility and inmates, depending on their crime, are either released in the morning or transferred to the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City.

Supervised by one corrections officer per shift, the cells are located in the Truckee substation with the sheriff’s investigation and dispatch divisions.

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