No criminal charges for former ND jail officer accused by inmates of sexual misconduct
FARGO—Citing credibility issues and a lack of evidence, a Cass County, North Dakota, prosecutor has declined to file criminal charges against a former Cass County Jail officer accused of sexual misconduct by two female inmates.
Documents obtained from the Cass County State's Attorney's Office show that prosecutor Reid Brady decided not to charge the former officer, 30-year-old Teddric Walker.
According to documents from the state's attorney's office:
Walker started working at the jail in February 2017 and resigned Aug. 30 before the allegations surfaced. In September, one of the victims asked a jail nurse about getting a pregnancy test that later came back negative.
That first victim gave a written statement to jail staff detailing three separate days in August when she said Walker had sex with her in the laundry room. The last time was three days before Walker's departure.
The victim told investigators she "felt like she didn't have a choice" and couldn't say no. Investigators said she can't consent as an inmate.
Walker gave the inmate his phone number and a Mississippi mailing address and promised to put money in her jail commissary account but never did, according to the documents.
The second victim told investigators she met Walker when she was 16, and Walker was a security guard. She said she had sex with Walker when she was 18, and they were friends. She said she didn't know Walker worked at the Cass County Jail prior to her incarceration.
The second victim told investigators she wrote a letter to Walker while in jail, and said she missed him. Walker reported the letter to jail staff and said it was inappropriate.
She told investigators Walker touched her inappropriately through the food port in her cell. The victim was told that regardless of their relationship prior to her incarceration, she cannot consent.
According to the documents, Walker never disclosed to authorities that he had a prior relationship with the inmate. Because he resigned before the investigation, jail staff contacted authorities in Wyoming where Walker moved to seek a job with the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Wyoming authorities found Walker at a hotel, and he agreed to interviews as part of an ongoing investigation in Cass County. Walker denied having sexual contact with the two inmates and said he had "nothing to hide."
Because of a lack of surveillance video in the laundry room or any physical evidence, as well as a lack of credibility in the incarcerated victims, the state's attorney's office declined to file charges against Walker in December, according to the documents.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol currently does not list Walker among its staff.