Federal Grand Jury Indicts A Former Clay County Detention Center Employee

A federal grand jury indicts a former Clay County Detention Center employee on charges that he violated inmates’ civil rights. Jeffrey Cotney of Ashland is charged with eight counts of deprivation of rights under color of law. The accusations stem from numerous incidents that inmates claim occurred between 2009 and 2010 when Cotney served as the jail administrator. The claims include sexual abuse, punishing an inmate for rejecting a sexual advancement and withdrawing paperwork for community corrections transfers without an inmate’s knowledge. The FBI and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. Cotney could face a total of eight years in prison on all counts charged.


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