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Metro Corrections officer under investigation for alleged "inappropriate conduct" with inmates

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LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) -- A Metro Corrections officer is under criminal investigation for alleged "inappropriate conduct involving inmates" who were in the jail's home incarceration program.

Officer David Temple was placed on administrative leave Dec. 22, without pay, pending both a criminal and administrative investigation, said Metro Corrections Major Endora Davis.

Davis declined to discuss what the alleged inappropriate conduct was because the investigation is pending.

Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said the department's Public Integrity Unit started its own investigation into Temple on Nov. 24. Once completed, she said, it will be turned over to the Jefferson Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for potential charges.

Smiley also declined to discuss details of the investigation.

Attorney Steve Schroering, who is representing Temple, said he knows the allegations involve alleged "interaction with inmates" but he has no specific details yet.

"At this point he certainly denies any criminal conduct," Schroering said.

The jail's administrative investigation will be turned over to Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton for possible disciplinary action, Davis said in an e-mail.

WDRB News has requested Temple's personnel file, which would include any disciplinary action taken against him.

The investigation into Temple's alleged inappropriate conduct comes just more than a year after a Metro Corrections breathalyzer technician quit rather than be fired for improper conduct with female inmates and lying to investigators.

Officer Daniel Lister started or tried to start relationships with several inmates he met at Metro Corrections, using his position to gain contact information and "friending" 18 of the women on Facebook, according to an investigative report by jail officials.

Lister was accused of making contact with several female inmates within days of them being released from jail, having sex with one and spending time with another who had a warrant for her arrest.

The police department talked with Metro Corrections investigators in April and June of 2013, but found nothing that reached the level of criminal charges and declined to investigate Lister, Davis said.

Smiley, the police spokesperson, also said one woman complained to police about Lister, but the investigation ended when she dropped her complaint.

During the past two years, 52 of the approximately 87 completed DUI cases involving Lister were amended down or dismissed, according to a WDRB review. Prosecutors couldn't say how many of those were directly related to breathalyzer issues.

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