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Lebanon man indicted for sodomizing inmate

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A former Taylor County Detention Center employee has been indicted on charges alleging he sodomized an inmate while working at the Taylor County Detention Center.
Brandon N. Noel, 34, of 146 E. Main St. in Lebanon, was indicted May 21 by a Taylor County grand jury.
According to a Campbellsville Police report, officers began an investigation in February after receiving a complaint of possible sexual conduct between an inmate and a detention center deputy.
After an investigation, Campbellsville Police Detective Ben Riggs arrested Noel. According to court records, Noel allegedly allowed a female inmate to perform oral sex on him while he was employed as a deputy.
Records state that Noel also allegedly admitted to touching the inmate and taking nude photos of her with his cell phone.
According to a report from Taylor County Jailer Hack Marcum’s office, the inmate wrote on Feb. 7 in an outgoing letter that she was having an affair with Noel. Jail staff members reviewed the letter during routine inspection, confiscated it and contacted police.
The report states that Noel was told about the allegations the same day and resigned his position.
Noel was charged with third-degree sodomy and 15 counts of second-degree official misconduct.
The misconduct charges are Class B misdemeanor offenses. The sodomy charge is a Class D felony. If convicted, Noel could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.
Bond was set at $10,000 cash. If released, he was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim or the detention center.
Editor’s note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.