Former deputy arrested

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Former Shannon County deputy, Richard Lee O’Dell, 43, of Alton, was arrested Friday, Sept. 7 and charged with four counts of sexual contact with a prisoner dating from Oct. 25 to Nov. 5, 2016.

The woman disclosed her story to investigators in which allegedly, O’Dell came into her cell while she was incarcerated and traded methamphetamine for sexual favors. It was stated this occurred in the shower, where there are no cameras. A witness also corroborated the claim. Allegedly, O’Dell tampered with surveillance video to destroy evidence of him entering the cells.

He is being held in Texas County.

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