By Alicia Lacy

The Cove Herald

A former Coryell County jailer, Richard Samuel Linn, entered into a plea bargain with the 52nd District Court District Attorney Friday for improper sexual conduct with an inmate.

Linn was sentenced to five years deferred adjudication probation, 180 days in county jail, fined $1,000 and an additional $695 for court costs, court-appointed attorney costs and crime stoppers fees and will have to complete 200 hours of community service by District Court Judge Trent Farrell.

"The 180 days is abated. It will be executed at another time," 52nd District Judicial Clerk Janice Gray said.

According to Gray, previous plea bargains were made on Feb. 4 and Feb. 9, but both were rejected by Farrell.

Linn was arrested Oct. 23 on two counts of violation of the civil rights of a person in custody/improper sexual activity with a person in custody.

Linn's pretrial hearing also was rescheduled for Feb. 4. The district attorney's office said Linn intends to plead guilty.

Burks said the sheriff's department was told about the incidents by another inmate. The county investigator investigated the allegations, which resulted in Linn's arrest and his resignation. Linn worked for the jail since November 2007.

"We stress any involvement with an inmate will cause termination," Burks said in a previous interview.

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