Probation department employee charged with bribery, official misconduct

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- A former employee of the St. Joseph County Adult Probation Department has been charged with bribery and official misconduct, according to court records.

Raymontow Davis, 34, was arrested Tuesday evening by the St. Joseph County Drug Investigation Unit.

Davis allegedly attempted to obtain a cash bribe in exchange for falsifying drug tests of a probationer.

On August 21, a probationer told the county's chief probation officer an employee with the St. Joseph County Adult Probation department had discussed accepting money in exchange for doctoring urine test results, according to the probable cause affidavit.

During an interview with investigators, the probationer said Ray Davis, later identified as Raymontow Davis, said they would pass their urine drug screens in exchange for $150, reports said.

Davis allegedly solicited the money through calls and texts. The probationer said Davis said they would have to bring the money and a condom filled with clean urine, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Investigators found texts on the probationer's phone between the probationer and a number believed to be Davis, reports said.

Investigators arranged for the probationer to deliver $150 and urine to Davis in a controlled deliver which was recorded, reports said.

Davis was arrested and has been charged with bribery and official misconduct.

The St. Joseph Circuit Court released the following statement:

The St. Joseph County Adult Probation Department, and all divisions contained within, are under the supervision of the St. Joseph Circuit Court.  The Court immediately terminated the employment of Raymontow Davis following his arrest on August 27, 2019.  Former employee Raymontow Davis was employed as a Laboratory Assistant, never as a Probation Officer, for the Adult Probation Department.  The Adult Probation Department will continue to cooperate with the Prosecutor’s Office regarding this matter and the investigation of any cases in which this individual may have been involved.

This story has been updated to include a statement from the St. Joseph County Circuit Court and to reflect Raymontow Davis' employment was terminated.

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