Angelina County Sheriff's Office jailer charged with inappropriate relationship with inmate
Eight days ago, Angelina County Sheriff’s Office officials became aware of an alleged inappropriate relationship between longtime jailer Kelly Wilson, 40, of Huntington, and an inmate, according to ACSO Capt. Allen Hill.
Initially the sheriff’s office launched an internal affairs investigation, but because it cannot legally investigate one of its own employees due to the conflict of interest, the department called in Texas Ranger Steve Rayburn.
His investigation indicated that Wilson had violated the rights of a person in custody by having an improper sexual relationship, Hill said. She was arrested Tuesday evening.
Wilson was housed in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a $5,000 bond Tuesday. On Friday, Wilson was seen at the Angelina County courthouse, believed to be supporting the inmate in question.
The offense is classified as a state jail felony, carrying a possible sentence of up to two years in state jail.
Wilson, also known as Kelly Whitehead, is the author of a 2011 book titled “Confessions from the Loo.” The book, the subject of a Lufkin Daily News article in January 2011, focused largely on her career in law enforcement.
Kelly Wilson in happier times, with Confessions from the Loo, the fruit of her bathroom labor.
Last year, Wilson published Confessions from the Loo, her first book.
Written mainly on a laptop while she was sitting on a toilet in a crowded home she shared with her then-husband and two children, the book is a compilation of columns she wrote for the Huntington Herald. Included are reminiscences of famous East Texas lawmen, a rumination on fallen cops brought on by a visit to the national police officers' memorial in Washington, and a salute to her brazenly unabashed redneck husband. Who now appears to be her brazenly unabashed redneck ex-husband.
In January of last year, to promote the book's release, Wilson/Whitehead gave an interview to the Daily News's Jessica Cooley. She was ecstatic to see her hitherto-scattered and ephemeral country newspaper work tucked between covers for posterity.
"I couldn't stop smiling," she told Cooley. "My daughter came in from work that night; she said, 'Let me see it.' I had to pull it out from under my pillow. It is the neatest thing. I had three goals growing up. I wanted to be a police officer, which I am. I wanted to be as good a mommy as my mommy. I'm not quite there, but I'm working on it. And I wanted to publish. I've accomplished all three of them. Now I just want to get more out there."
Oh, she got more out there all right...
Wilson's arrest came the night before her 40th birthday.
She reportedly spent last Friday in Angelina County's criminal court, where she went to support the inmate with whom she was allegedly embroiled. Even as she was being investigated...Now that's what they call ride or die[...]