Escambia Detention Deputy Arrested

March 4, 2010

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Detention Deputy Kristopher Wade for smuggling contraband into a detention facility and for unlawfully accepting compensation for official behavior.

wadekristopher.jpgWade has been released from the Escambia County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

On February 15, 2010, detention deputies conducting a routine cell search discovered a cell phone charger in a cell at the Main Jail. After a subsequent search of the prisoners in the housing unit, a cell phone was discovered.

Following an investigation of how the cell phone was introduced into the jail, investigators determined that an inmate conspired with Wade to smuggle the cell phone into the housing unit.

On February 11, Wade met with the girlfriend of the inmate and obtained the contraband cell phone, a cell phone charger, and cigarettes. Wade was also given $25 in exchange for smuggling the contraband phone to the inmate, according to the arrest report.

According to the arrest report, on March 2 Wade was interviewed by investigators and admitted to picking up the contraband cell phone and delivering it to the inmate. At this time, Wade has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation. Wade has been employed with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office since 2008 and was assigned to the Main Jail.


14 Responses to “Escambia Detention Deputy Arrested”

  1. bad bad bad on March 7th, 2010 7:31 am

    molino jim….

    You don’t see my car there either….. i agree with you completely.
    They even put death insurance on their employees hoping cash in.
    I don’t understand why anyone shops in there.
    These big business take overs like walmart, have put every mom and
    pop shop ALL over the country out of business.

  2. molinojim on March 6th, 2010 9:25 pm

    bad-bad-bad–One last comment–you mean the high paying outfits like WalMart? I see union people going in to shop—I and my family will NOT shop there. That company has mistreated their people on insurance and so on for years. An independent trucker who has to deliver there has to put up with a lot of bull. They help their drivers and make the independent drivers wait. I know from personal experience. Just sitting in the parking lot is lost time and money.

  3. bad bad bad on March 6th, 2010 7:18 am

    molino jim
    your right unions aren’t perfect….what is?
    But if big business had it’s way we would all be working in sweat shops
    for peanuts, while they made millions.
    We will always need protection.

  4. small uno on March 5th, 2010 1:12 pm

    He’s tainted, time for him to go away. Cell phone this time, maybe drugs next time. You never know with someone like this .

  5. A. Davis on March 5th, 2010 1:01 pm

    he’s not the only one who does this stupied stuff. thats crazy though 25.00 crime sure didnt pay doing that but he needs to be charged just like anyone else would have for taking somthing in.

  6. molinojim on March 5th, 2010 9:21 am

    to Bad–bad–bad: Not picking on unions. If you are a union member you may have seen people promoted based on longevity and not job skills—I know I have. I have worked union for many years and know the good they have done, but there have been times I had to question some things.

  7. Oversight on March 5th, 2010 5:52 am

    What a knuckle head. I hope that the $25 was worth it because now he out of work, facing criminal prosecution, and will certainly be de-certified by the state.

  8. bad bad bad on March 5th, 2010 5:20 am

    Well don’t start picking on unions, or we will all be back to working
    for less than minimum wage. Nobody in this world is going to pay
    an employee more than they absolutely have to.

    McD’s got rich paying people money that isn’t a living wage!
    They get rich, and the working man goes south!

    As for this GUY I think someone else probably already said it!
    YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID! He will lose his job over $25.00.
    Hope those drugs he bought were good!

  9. molinojim on March 4th, 2010 9:13 pm

    For all: There are steps that have to be followed to “fire” some one in a case like this. It gripes my back side to see some one who should be fired for “due cause” staying on the pay roll just like the rest of you do. A lot of companies can not just fire a person because of unions and other organized groups that make the company jump through hoops to get rid of a bad employee. Not right—just the way it is.

  10. bill, big b little ill on March 4th, 2010 8:55 pm

    I wonder….how he feels about that unlawful compensation now that he has been arrested. Just not worth having you picture and name all over the news.
    But since he was not fired and placed on paid administrative leave, maybe he really didn’t do it.

  11. Bob on March 4th, 2010 6:10 pm

    What I don’t understand is why he is still being paid when he admitted to doing it. Regardless of how stupid it was he was trained and therby should know his job.

  12. Elmer Fudd on March 4th, 2010 5:45 pm

    You can’t cure stupid, especially a severe case like he has.

  13. Laptop on March 4th, 2010 4:50 pm

    He took $25 bucks so he could commit a crime that required a $10,000 bond? I don’t know what’s more scary: Him being that stupid or the fact that the Sheriff’s Office would hire people this stupid to work in the jail. Oh well, he’ll just end being another person added to the Convicted Felon Report when he’s sentenced later on this year. Life goes on.

  14. lola on March 4th, 2010 3:54 pm

    has it lost his mind. THis is stupid. He is trained not to let these guys get under his skin. Well he let it happen. He admitted to crime. Why paid leave? Put him behind bars where he deserves to be. How are inmates going to learn by this office leading a bad example. Do not just slap his hand. He is juilty by all means possible.

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