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Bell County Jail correctional officer accused of sex with inmate

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A 25-year-old correctional officer at the Bell County Jail faces charges of having a sexual relationship with an inmate.

Marquese Gates has been charged with improper sexual activity with a person in custody, and turned himself in to the Bell County Jail on July 7. He was released after posting $75,000 bond.

According to Lieutenant Donnie Adams with the Bell County Sheriff's Office, Bell County Jail Administrator, Nancy Botkins, learned on June 26 that inmates were accusing Gates of having a sexual relationship with an inmate.

The Special Crimes Unit was assigned to investigate. Inmates, staff and correctional officers were interviewed by Sheriff's Investigators, who were able to prove that Gates did have an improper sexual relationship with a female inmate.

Gates was fired on June 30, after starting in November 2013.

Sheriff's Investigators presented a case to the Bell County District Attorney's Office on July 2. They charged him with improper sexual activity with a person in custody, and a warrant was issued.
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