Charles B. Storlie, the corrections deputy charged with accepting bribes in exchange for allowing inmates to receive contraband, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Chelan County Superior Court.
His trial was set for Jan. 18.
Storlie — who has worked at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center for the past 15 years — is accused of accepting bribes from inmates in exchange for allowing them fast food, tobacco and sexual visits from girlfriends.
He is charged with three counts of bribery, as well as forgery and complicity to first-degree escape.
Storlie, 40, was arrested on Oct. 12 and booked into the Grant County Jail, then released after posting a $5,000 bail. He is currently on paid administrative leave.
According to an affidavit by Wenatchee Police Officer Richard Johnson filed with the charges, police began investigating a report of illegal activities occurring at the jail in late August.
Here’s what happened, according to the affidavit:
On Sept. 10, a confidential informant being housed at the jail gave Storlie $50 in marked bills from Wenatchee police in exchange for retrieving his cell phone from property and giving it to him.
Over the next three nights, the inmate called another confidential informant and arranged to have that person deliver fast food and chewing tobacco, along with a payment, to Storlie.
During the first delivery of contraband on Sept. 12, Wenatchee police videotaped and photographed Storlie allowing the confidential informant to enter the annex through a door on the east side of the building and meet with the inmate, who was also an informant.
During the second delivery, the confidential informant wore a hidden recording device, and delivered a bag of fast food and two cans of chewing tobacco, along with $70 in recorded money. Storlie was asked to give $20 of the cash to the confidential inmate. Police also recorded this delivery on video showing Storlie receiving the items outside the east door of the annex.
In the early morning hours of Sept. 13, Storlie offered to release the inmate four hours early — at 12:30 a.m. instead of 4:30 a.m. when the inmate was scheduled to be released.
He had the inmate sign a property release receipt at 12:30 a.m., but did not release the inmate from the computer system until 4:30 a.m., making it appear that he was in custody four hours longer, the statement said.
Storlie later admitted to police to allowing contraband into the annex in exchange for money once, allowing the girlfriends of inmates into the jail for sexual visits twice, and releasing an inmate four hours before their release time.
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