Former Jailer Pleads Guilty To One Charge

A former Rockbridge Regional Jail staffer accused of a sexual relationship with an inmate pleaded guilty to providing the inmate with a cell phone in Buena Vista Circuit Court Friday, Nov. 20.

Four other charges related to the carnal knowledge of the prisoner by a jail officer were dropped.

Sarah L. Michael, 36, was named in a direct indictment by a Buena Vista grand jury in January and later arrested on four counts of carnal knowledge of an inmate by an officer and one count of providing an inmate with a cell phone in a time period between Aug. 15 and Dec. 16, 2019.

Michael’s sentence of five years was suspended in its entirety. She will remain on probation for two years.

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