Bonifay- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement charged former Holmes County Officer, William Joel Patrick with battering inmate, Dale Castro. Castro has been serving time for a sex offense. Authorities fired Patrick and also said he was under investigation for other incidents.
Holmes County Lt. Michael Railey explained the situation:
"He had allowed a male and female inmate to have a contact visit between each other, which he was not allowed to do. And, at that point, when he was not watching them, they engaged in intercourse. It was consensual, they were married- that came out later. But, it led to the investigation."
Authorities told us Patrick did not act alone in allowing the inmates to meet. Former employee, Betty Grimbly, who was already on job probation, was also on duty at the time.
"Ms. Grimbly was involved in some conduct off duty that resulted in another agency being called on her for her behavior," Railey explained. "She was disciplined for that and subsequently she was transferred to the jail as her position. During that time, she became involved with the incident with the two inmates and had not been truthful in that investigation and was terminated for that."
In the above mentioned incident, sources tell us Grimbly reportedly got drunk at a party, and began provoking her German Shepard to attack her. When the dog did, it had to be shot to end the attack. Authorities were called to the scene and Grimbly was taken to Holmes County officials to be dealt with instead of being taken to jail.
Grimbly was supposedly drinking because she found out her boyfriend, former Holmes County Correctional Officer, Douglas Dykes, was fired for allegedly having sex with an inmate.
"We take these allegations seriously and investigate them and, based on the outcome, if we need to take action we will," Railey said.
Patrick's trial was scheduled to begin Thursday morning at the Holmes County Courthouse.