Two Tate County jail officers charged last year with inappropriate conduct with a prisoner in their custody have been sentenced in circuit court.
Stephen Larae Crabb, 44, of Coldwater, and Charles B. Lebo Jr., 24, of Southaven, who were indicted by the Tate County Jury in January of 2021, both pleaded guilty to one count of sexual act with an inmate.
Crabb was ordered to serve one day in Mississippi Department of Corrections and three years post-release supervision, while Lebo was sentenced to five years suspended, according to court records.
Sheriff Brad Lance told the Tate Record he received information one or more jail officials were having inappropriate contact with a female prisoner in August of 2020, before his office launched an internal investigation.
Lance said he contacted Senatobia Police Chief Richard Chandler requesting detectives from the department begin a criminal investigation into the matter.
Crabb and Lebo were taken into custody Aug. 19, by Senatobia police after enough probable cause was uncovered during the inquiry to charge the jailers in connection with the incident. They were held at the DeSoto County Adult Detention Facility and later released under $50,000 bonds.
Both men were fired from the Tate County Sheriff’s Office, according to Lance.