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Austin Benton Byrum

A former Monroe County, Tenn., has been charged with official misconduct after an investigation found he had sexual contact with a jail inmate and brought a contraband cellphone into the jail.

The charges against Austin Benton Byrum, 55, followed an investigation that began in August 2016, according to a news release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Byrum was a captain at the sheriff's office at the time.

The release said investigators with the 10th Judicial District also worked on the case.

Byrum was indicted June 6 on charges of official misconduct; sexual contact with an inmate and introducing a contraband communication device into the jail.

He was booked into the Monroe County Jail and released after posting a $5,000 bond, the TBI release states. 

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