Former MDOC officer faces charges in Lee County

Thomas Speaks | Photo: Lee County Sheriff's Department

A man faces felony charges in Lee County following an investigation involving a state corrections officer and a state inmate.

Posted: Apr. 13, 2018 10:20 AM
Updated: Apr. 13, 2018 3:57 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A man faces felony charges in Lee County following an investigation involving a state corrections officer and a state inmate.

In a release from the Lee County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Jim Johnson and Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre confirmed the arrest of 52-year-old Thomas Speaks.

On Tuesday, April 10, a probable cause hearing was held in Lee County.

Probable cause was found against Speaks. Two felony warrants and one misdemeanor warrant were issued for Speaks. He was arrested and booked into the Lee County jail on Friday, April 13.

Speaks is charged with:

  1. Two counts of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity between certain individuals and offenders incarcerated in correctional facilities or on correctional supervision.
  2. Obscene electronic communication
His bond was set at $10,000.

Johnson confirms Speaks was not working for the Lee County Sheriff's Department nor the Tupelo Police Department when the offenses occured.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections tells WTVA Speaks resigned Wednesday, April 11 and is no longer with the agency.

Sheriff Johnson later confirmed a woman on probation alerted his office about sexual allegations against Speaks.

Johnson says the woman was placed on probation under Speaks' supervision. Speaks is accused of sending text messages to the woman and sexually explicit photos.

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