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Arrested corrections officer said he ‘didn’t care’ about checking on inmates, affidavit says

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A Travis County jailer falsified records. Not good, but what's encouraging is that the jail supervisor went through video footage to see if he was really checking on people like he logged in the records and discovered he wasn't. Then they held him accountable.

A corrections officer was arrested Saturday after he lied about checking on inmates in the Travis County Correctional Complex at Del Valle, telling investigators he just “didn’t care” about doing his regular checks, his affidavit says.

Carlos Luna, 21, has been charged with tampering with a government record, a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a year in the county jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

Travis County sheriff’s officials said a supervisor was reviewing surveillance camera footage in Building 12 of the jail complex and noticed that Luna did not appear to be doing regular checks on inmates, as required by state law, at the times he had indicated in a logbook.

The sheriff’s office opened both Internal Affairs and criminal investigations, and Luna was immediately reassigned to a position that did not require inmate supervision, officials said.

Detectives found that Luna had logged 49 visual checks during a six-day period in June, but video evidence showed he didn’t perform 34 of them. According to the sheriff’s office, Luna told detectives he had been falsifying logs for as long as two months.

On Wednesday, a detective “asked Luna if there was something preventing him from completing his (checks), and Luna stated he was going through some personal issues and just ‘didn’t care,’” the affidavit says.

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Hall, K. 07/13/2019 Arrested corrections officer said he ‘didn’t care’ about checking on inmates, affidavit saysAustin American-Statesman.

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