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State corrections captain, former lieutenant charged with bribery

A captain and a former lieutenant were arrested on Monday and charged with four counts each.

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An Alabama Department of Corrections captain and a former lieutenant were arrested on Monday and charged with four counts each of bribery and using an official position for personal gain, according to a spokesperson for the ADOC on Tuesday.

Deaundra Johnson, a 43-year-old captain at the Childersburg Community Work Center in Talladega County, and Centauria Olds, a 37-year-old former ADOC lieutenant at an unspecified facility, were booked into the Jefferson County Jail after ADOC Law Enforcement Service Division agents executed arrest warrants for the pair on Monday.

A search warrant was executed at their residence in Birmingham “as part of an ongoing criminal investigation,” the ADOC spokesperson said, with the possibility of additional charges pending the results of further investigation.

As of Tuesday, Johnson has yet to be fired and was placed on mandatory leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

“The ADOC is committed to enforcing its zero-tolerance policy on contraband, particularly when it comes to policing our own,” said ADOC Commissioner John Hamm in a statement released on Tuesday.

In 2020, Olds was arrested and charged with violating law enforcement conduct and use of her position for personal gain after engaging in “a video message via cellular phone,” according to additional court documents obtained by APR.

Olds accepted money from an incarcerated individual “in exchange for bringing contraband into an Alabama Department of Corrections Facility,” according to the documents.

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Both women were released on bail this Tuesday.

John is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can contact him at [email protected] or via Twitter.

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