A former Morgan County Jail corrections officer accused of giving inmates special treatment if they exposed their breasts in front of him has agreed to a plea deal.
Nicholas Tankersley, 21, will plead guilty to one count of official misconduct, In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop two other charges against him.
In January, Tankersley was charged with sexual battery, official misconduct and theft and battery.
Between November 2012 and January 2013, inmates at the Morgan County Jail said he gave them special favors if they exposed their breasts or stood naked in front of him. Those favors included markers, extra sheets, oranges and ink pens. According to court documents, he gave one woman batteries he’d acquired from the sheriff’s department so she could listen to her radio.
Two inmates said they performed a “sex show” for Tankersley, according to court documents. Another said the guard squeezed her breast while she was in bed. At the time, he was delivering toilet paper to the cell. Other inmates told investigators that if “you show your breasts to Tankersley, you get stuff.”
Investigators said Tankersley admitted to most of the inmates’ accusations under questioning.
Tankersley was fired after the investigation.