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A two-year investigation by Kentucky State Police has led to allegations against three former LaRue County Detention Center employees.
All three are accused of bringing banned items into the jail. Two are accused of offering contraband to female inmates in exchange for sexual favors.
Travis Strader, 39, of Sonora served as chief deputy under Jailer Ralph “Mac” Trumbo for several years. He lost his job last summer – along with most of the staff – after Trumbo stepped down at the suggestion of the Department of Corrections.
A LaRue County grand jury indicted Strader on seven counts of first-degree promoting contraband; four counts of second-degree promoting contraband; three counts of second-degree sexual abuse; five counts of first-degree official misconduct; and one count of second-degree indecent exposure.
Strader is accused of offering contraband to female inmates in exchange for sexual favors and subjecting them to sexual contact. Four women were named in the indictment.
He is accused also of bringing prescription painkillers, cell phones, marijuana, alcohol and tobacco into the jail.
According to court records, the alleged misdeeds occurred between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2010. Strader’s bond was set at $50,000 cash only and other conditions.
Former Deputy Jailer Harold Marcum, 66, of Magnolia was indicted on charges of first-degree sexual abuse; second-degree sexual abuse; second-degree promoting contraband; and first-degree official misconduct.
He is accused of subjecting female inmates to sexual contact by forcible compulsion; introducing tobacco into the jail; and offering contraband to female inmates in exchange for sexual favors.
Court records indicate the alleged crimes occurred between Feb. 1, 2010, and July 1, 2010.
Bond was set at $25,000 cash only and dusk-to-dawn curfew.
Josh Robinson, 31, of Buffalo, another former deputy jailer, was indicted on three counts of first-degree promoting contraband; and second-degree promoting contraband.
He is accused of bringing a cell phone, marijuana, alcohol and tobacco into the jail.
His bond was set at $25,000 cash only and dusk-to-dawn curfew.
According to court records, the items were brought into the detention center between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2010.
All three men will be arraigned March 7 in LaRue Circuit Court.
The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and the person is considered innocent until and unless proven guilty.