Former deputy jailer indicted for rape

A former Knox County Deputy Jailer has been indicted for rape nearly three years after she was fired for assaulting an inmate.

On Tuesday, November 28, Jennifer Ross, 36, was indicted by a Knox County grand jury for an offense that allegedly occurred in August 2014. The indictment stated that Ross “acted alone or in concert with others committed the offense of Rape in the Third Degree by engaging in sexual intercourse” while she was “in a position of authority.” Details are still unclear as to where the offense occurred.

Ross and Sheila Brown, both former deputy jailers at the Knox County Detention Center, were indicted in December 2014 on three counts. The first count was first-degree criminal abuse after they allegedly abused Tammy Spicer, an inmate at the time, who the indictment stated was “physically helpless at the time.” The second count indicted Brown and Ross for first-degree official misconduct after committing “acts related to their office of deputy jailer which constituted an unauthorized exercise of their official functions – all with the intent to injure Spicer.” The third count was for fourth-degree assault for allegedly causing physical injury to Spicer.

Ross and Brown were sentenced in 2015 to 12 months confinement, which was probated for 24 months after serving 30 days in jail. Brown was allowed to serve her time in home incarceration due to a medical condition.

Kentucky State Police is leading the investigation.

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