OGDEN — A Weber County Jail deputy accused of having sex with female inmates had been written up in years past for making sexually suggestive comments to two inmates in 2015 and viewing pornography on a jail computer in 2002, according to his county personnel file.
Jeremy Clark Miller, 41, was indicted on five counts of custodial sexual relations, all third-degree felonies.
Miller, a corporal in the Weber County Sheriff’s Office’s corrections division, was in charge of supervising female inmates at the Kiesel Correctional Facility from August to November 2018, according to a probable cause statement. Charging documents alleged that one woman told an investigator she had sexual intercourse with Miller more than 10 times in the jail. The other woman reported she had sex with Miller once.
Since Miller began his career with the Weber County Jail on Aug. 19, 2001, Miller was formally reprimanded twice, once in 2002 and again in 2015, according to personnel files obtained by the Standard-Examiner from an open records request. These two reprimands do not include the criminal charges and internal investigation he’s currently facing.
Just over a year after he began his work with the jail, Miller was issued a letter of caution after he “launched a website that contained pornographic materials” on Sept. 20, 2002, according to the letter. Miller was assigned as a corridor officer to help move inmates to be interviewed by mental health professionals and was using a county computer when he accessed the porn.
In an interview with an investigator four days later, Miller was asked if he accessed the porn on a jail computer, to which he replied, “I did, not on purpose.”
He was given a letter of caution for failing to report that he accessed the pornographic website and for accessing the internet without signing a Weber County internet usage agreement. Other than being talked to by a supervisor, Miller was not reprimanded for the incident.
Miller continued to work at the sheriff’s office for over a decade without any documented reprimands until 2015, records show.
On April 13, 2015, the jail received a complaint that alleged Miller “showed favoritism to 2 specific inmates and had made sexually suggestive comments to 2 inmates.” Investigators later ruled that the favoritism allegations did not prove to be a violation of policy, but found Miller made “sexually suggestive” comments toward a jail inmate.
Investigators also found that Miller had created a Facebook account to look up current inmates then told the inmates he had done so. Miller, who was a corporal at the time of the 2015 complaint, also admitted to contacting a former inmate on that Facebook account before it was deleted.
During an interview, Miller said the comment he made to the inmate was about “hickeys on her neck” that were meant to be made as a joke. His superiors ruled that Miller did not intend to sexually harass the inmate, but cautioned him to act in a more professional manner around inmates.
“You are also reminded that improper associations with current or former inmates can lead to criminal charges,” the 2015 warning said.
In a letter Miller drafted regarding the incident, he said the comments he made were toward an inmate who had been released then booked back into jail with hickeys on her neck. Miller said he asked her “if she spent her time on the outs with vampires,” according to his letter.
“She commented back with I got to get it somehow,” Miller said in the letter. “I believe I made the comment you are wild or crazy. I don’t recall making any sexually suggestive comments to anyone coming back from transport.”
He went on to say that he had a Facebook account using his name and photo a year and a half before the 2015 incident, but deactivated it after he found himself “offending” a coworker and spending too much time online. He said he later reconnected with an old friend which prompted him to make another account, but did not include his photo nor his place of work on the new Facebook account.
Miller went on to say that he was talking with some inmates when they told him to “check out their Facebook accounts.” He later admitted to sending a former inmate a friend request on Facebook, saying he knew it was wrong. Miller deactivated the account two days before an investigator asked to speak with him regarding the comments.
Miller was not suspended for the 2015 incident, and was only talked to by his superiors.
On Jan. 3, Miller was arrested and charged after an internal investigation began months prior in November 2018. According to his court docket, Miller posted bail and is no longer in the custody of the Box Elder County Jail. He was being held at the Brigham City facility to avoid a conflict of interest with the Weber County Jail.
His next court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15 in Ogden’s 2nd District Court.