OGDEN — A corrections deputy had sex with two female inmates at Weber County’s Kiesel jail in downtown Ogden, prosecutors said in a charging document.
Jeremy C. Miller, 41, was arrested Thursday, and the Weber County Attorney’s Office on Friday filed five felony charges against him in 2nd District Court.
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, 2546 Kiesel Ave., from August to November 2018, according to the police probable cause statement.
The statement said 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.
The inmates told the investigator the encounters were consensual.
Consent of the inmate is not a defense for those accused of custodial sexual relations, according to Utah law.
In an interview with an investigator, Miller admitted to having sexual conversations with inmates but denied he gave one of the women his cell phone number so they could have a romantic relationship after her release, according to the statement.
Miller also denied he uses condoms, but after obtaining a search warrant, investigators found condoms in his personal vehicle, the document said.
Prosecutors filed five third-degree felony counts of custodial sexual relations against Miller, who is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Monday before Judge Mark DeCaria.
Authorities booked Miller into the Box Elder County Jail in Brigham City, rather than the main Weber County Jail, 721 W. 12th St. in Ogden, because of a conflict of interest, the Weber Sheriff’s Office said in a prepared statement.
Miller remained in custody Friday afternoon, Box Elder Chief Deputy Sheriff Dale Ward said.
The Weber Sheriff’s Office said it began an internal investigation in November after hearing reports of a deputy having sex with inmates. The sheriff’s office asked the county attorney’s office to conduct an independent investigation, which resulted in the charges against Miller.
The probable cause statement said the female inmates involved were state inmates. The Utah Department of Corrections contracts with county jails to house some inmates serving state prison sentences.
The Kiesel jail, which sits just behind the Ogden Municipal Building, is used primarily for work-release, community-service and weekend inmates.
The sheriff’s office said Miller was put on paid administrative leave Dec. 10. He remained on paid leave Friday, Weber County Human Resources Director Sarah Swan said by email.
Miller makes $29.50 per hour, or $61,360 per year.