HCSO: Detention Officer Sent Photos, Allowed Inmate To Use His Cell Phone Inside Jail

This photo obtained by Johnston County Report reportedly shows 6 inmates in the Harnett County Jail posing for a picture taken by a detention officer and later shared on social media. The faces of the inmates have been blurred.

A former detention officer is out of a job and facing criminal charges after an incident last Saturday at the Harnett County Detention Center.

Harnett County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Major Aaron Meredith said the agency was made aware of photographs circulating on social media of current inmates posing for photos inside the detention center and screenshots of video calls from a male inmate to a female outside the facility.

Detention Officer Terrell Jackson, 29, of Fayetteville had reportedly taken photos of the inmates during the early morning hours of April 24th during his shift and sent the photos to an individual outside the jail at the request of the inmates. Also, Jackson reportedly allowed an inmate to use his personal iPhone to make FaceTime calls inside of the inmate’s cell.

Major Meredith said Jackson is no longer employed with the Harnett County Detention Center. This morning (Thursday), Jackson was arrested and charged with giving a cell phone to an inmate, a felony. He was also charged with failure to discharge his duties, a misdemeanor. Jackson was released on a $500 bond.

He had been an employee at the detention center since November 2020.