A former jailer and bailiff with the Dent County Sheriff’s Office faces two felonies for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with an inmate, according to documents filed in circuit court.
Michael R. Roderman is charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a prisoner or offender by a probation/parole officer or employee of jail, prison or correctional facility. The case is currently scheduled for arraignment Sept. 23.
Dent County Sheriff Bob Wells told The Salem News when contacted Friday that Roderman has not been employed with his office since the allegations first arose in January.
The case’s probable cause report states at the request of Sheriff Wells a detective with the Salem Police Department investigated an allegation Jan. 1 that Roderman engaged in sexual contact with a female inmate. It details the detective reviewed surveillance footage, interviewed subjects and forwarded the case to Wells for further action due to the findings. Wells subsequently requested the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigate the matter.
Officers with Troop C’s Division of Drug and Crime Control interviewed Roderman Jan. 2. The report states Roderman initially denied the allegations but later admitted to touching the female inmate’s right breast. The female inmate in question was also interviewed Jan. 2. The report states she alleged Roderman asked her to act as a trustee, and while she was out of her cell, he touched her genitalia and kissed her breast.
The above information is just a mere accusation, and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of any charge must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.