Jessamine County Jail Employees In Jail

They were supposed to keep accused criminals locked up, but police say a pair of jail employees were breaking the law themselves.

Mike Rigney and Dana Whitlock are accused of selling prescription drugs to inmates in the Jessamine County Jail, and investigators think the motive may be nothing more than greed.

Police started their investigation 8 months ago after a flurry of complaints, some even from inmates, of illegal drug deals going down in the jail.

Jessamine County Jailer Cecil Moss can't believe that 2 longtime jail employees are now locked up, accused of illegal dealings with inmates.

“What bothered me was that 2 deputies had been served with a warrant for trafficking in a controlled substance,” said Moss.

Mike Rigney is a15 year veteran and a captain. Dana Whitlock is a registered nurse, responsible for supplying medication to inmates. Both were considered law enforcement professionals.

“It’s difficult to investigate these folks because we feel like we're on the same team. But at the same time, you've got to have your strongest players on the team,” said Nicholasville Police Spokesperson Scott Harvey.

Their alleged motive may have been greed.

“A few people saw some opportunities to make some money for themselves. They took advantage of it,” said Officer Harvey.

Jailer Moss says he had no idea an investigation was going on until Wednesday, when the arrests were made. And it's an investigation that could be far from over.

“We're not done placing charges and we're not done making arrests,” said Harvey.

“I have started an internal investigation of my own. That will start with a staff meeting today,” said Moss.

Both Rigney and Whitlock are in the Fayette County Detention Center, to keep them away from the inmate population in Jessamine county.


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  • by belinfda Location: brown on Oct 11, 2010 at 11:22 PM
    I know that jail was like that and having these kind of things going around in them .When i had to go in there for a thirty day stay and i had to take my medication with me i can in with brand new filled bottles from the pharmancy first they would not let me not have my narcotics that were perscribed to me but when i was released it was missing twenty of them. And then for my other medicines which had totaled up to over twenty by the twenth day they told me that all of my medications was gone but funny it was the only ones that was considered a narcotic that was short in supply. And they said that that was the amount that i had brought in. And what was bad about this i was talking ot the guards and most of them take the same kinds of medicines that i take and i thought it was not allowed for them to take any kind of narcotics while on the job. But i had learned also from the people who had been in there longer than we they told me that they was selling them to the men.
  • by someone Location: nicholasville on Jun 1, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    well as it seems the wrong doings are the ones who work for the law enforcement.not only do we have a problem with drugs in this city but what about the way they treat inmates in the jail. Making them keep their food on the floor and all the leaks and mold that grows on the walls they wont even let inmates clean half the time but when they want them to and they dont do it right then the inmates get in trouble.they look bad on the ones that are in the jail but look who gets in trouble while working there. well its all crazy down there. this is a good town if we could get the drugs lies and crimes to go away at least get the jail up to par to stay in or work in
  • by anonymous Location: NICHOLASVILLE on May 17, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    They should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law....If not then what kind of any Law Enforcement do we have her in Nicholasville or anywhere.
  • by anonymous Location: nicholasville on May 17, 2009 at 03:15 PM
    Well I"m so glad this has taken place due to the fact this has been going on for awhile with certain employees there in and out of the jail and they want to judge us and the good employees they have and have had they try and place the blame on them to take the focus of themselves. And now it has finally came down to what really was going on and who they should have been looking at, and these employees and other employees involved should get there time and should no longer be able to serve as law enforcement in any capacity. And should be relieved of all duties ASAP!!!For one nobody in the community will have any trust in the jail staff and there will always be doubt now in the system if drastic measures aren"t taken, for the community at large.And further investigation needs to be looked into as well as the Jailer and higher up.
  • by gary helton Location: nicholasville on May 17, 2009 at 05:07 AM
    my wife was in there and she was on pain meds for an operation and injuries, pain meds were not given to her half the time and they lost one months supply of symbulta a narcodic used for depression , the nurse said they let someone else have it by mistake because that person was suppose to be on the same meds. how do or would an organization like this let a months supply of meds go out the door in a criminals hands without making sure it belonged to them . i never belived there story then ahd now i really dont they sold it to other the nurse sold it to other inmates along with her pain meds . now i know the truth about what happined to her meds ..... they should be behind bare for a long time. there supose to set an example for those who are in there. not support half there habbits.... and this well they just got cought up in the old greedy or needing money thing , half the people they put behind bars are there for that. pills is the leader of jessamine counties, down fall to drugs.
  • by billake Location: nicholasville on May 16, 2009 at 06:57 PM
    alot of people cant believe this has happened but i can i know how corrupt that jail is from first hand experience i hope they get the most punishment they can get for their crimes ha ha i wonder how they like being on the other side of the cell doors
  • by Jail Bird Location: Jail you idiot on May 16, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    Now all of my crimes are forgiven because of this. Yea right you idiots.
  • by adam Location: nicholasville on May 15, 2009 at 04:45 AM
    Im so glad they caught them. People who work in jail thunk they are the king and, can do what they want inside of the jails.
  • by Clay on May 14, 2009 at 05:58 PM
    Every facet of government is corrupt, the police, the courts,elected officials, appointed officals. Why haven't the HL dont an expose of all the instances of public corruption
  • by anonymous Location: lex on May 14, 2009 at 04:57 PM
    i would like to explain that im so glad this has come fourth, i have reported several times to the news, state police and the fbi for corruption going on in the city. i have experienced so much out of this town that i basically was forced to move out of it. i do agree that not only does the detention center need investigation but also the county officials along with county attorneys, assistants and judges. something has to be done.. what is this teaching our children.. i am looking into a suit at this time against the county for me having to uproot my three kids and move away from what was their home, from the county attorneys office and judges allowing for a period of 16 years of false charges coming against me from my perpatraitor and he is a major drug addict and it was always laughed about in the court system and the police dept..i knew then something was wrong.. so i have been one of those who has complained and thank god something finally has taken place, i give the glory to god!
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