Jail medical director arrested at work by sheriff
CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – A woman was trusted with the care of hundreds of inmates, until she became one of them.
The Clark County Jail's medical director is now facing serious charges after being arrested by the Sheriff himself.
Monday was supposed to be a day at work like any other for nurse practitioner Denise Brooks.
She'd worked at the Clark County Jail for eight years caring for more than 500 inmates. But around noon, things changed.
"It was, it was surprising and it's unfortunate. She apparently made a mistake," said Clark County Detective Cpl. Scottie Maples.
Detectives interviewed Brooks and walked her toward the front, where Sheriff Jamey Noel's office is located.
"Sheriff Noel reviewed the case," Maples explained. "Sheriff Noel personally arrested her and booked her into jail."
Brooks was booked into the same jail where she'd reported to work just hours before. The medical director now faces charges of theft and obtaining a prescription by fraud.
Detectives don't believe she was selling the pills to inmates and wouldn't say who she was allegedly making the fake prescriptions for. They did say the new Sheriff is trying to make a point.
"We hold our employees to even higher standards and if one of our employees breaks the law, he'll personally book them into jail," Maples said. "We'll investigate all crime whether it's one of our employees or a citizen or one of our inmates."
Two inmates are facing up to 12 additional years in prison for allegedly having shanks that were found during a raid ordered by Sheriff Noel on Saturday.
Brooks has not been fired from her job. She has been suspended without pay until a termination hearing.
If convicted Brooks could be sentenced to serve up to 30 months in prison. She is expected to appear in court on Feb. 17.
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