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State rehires probation officer after alleged affair with probationer

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NASHVILLE — A Rocky Mount man charged with extortion for confronting a female probation officer over a purported tryst with one of her probationers is upset the state quietly rehired her to work in another county after her separation last year.

Jamey Lamont Wilkins, 39, was serving probation in June 2019 when he handed a note to his probation officer during a home visit. The note describes an alleged sexual encounter between Probation Officer Meredith Boyd and a probationer related to Wilkins.

Boyd immediately reported the note to her supervisor and officers revoked Wilkins’ probation and charged him with extortion. He was placed in the Nash County Detention Center.

Boyd, hired in Nash County in 2016, was separated from employment Oct. 7. The N.C. Department of Public Safety rehired her Jan. 27 at the same salary to serve as a probation officer in Wayne County.

Contacted at her Goldsboro office last week, Boyd said she couldn’t comment on the matter and referred the newspaper to Greg Thomas, communications officer for the state’s Division of Community Corrections.

Thomas replied promptly to a request for public information concerning Boyd’s employment history, but declined to discuss why Boyd had been separated or rehired.

The supposed situation involving Boyd and a male probationer was discussed in open court during Wilkins’ probation revocation hearing. Wilkins’ note explained that he knew Boyd was engaged in a sexual relationship with a member of his family who was also under Boyd’s supervision. The family member called Wilkins immediately after a sexual encounter with Boyd. Wilkins told the family member to save the used condom as evidence, but the family member said Boyd took the condom. Wilkins then advised the family member to use a rag and wipe his genitals to capture Boyd’s DNA.

Wilkins offered to give Boyd half the rag as proof he was telling the truth.

“If you good, you good, but if not, it could end your career,” Wilkins wrote. “You’ll be labeled a sex offender.”

Wilkins said he presented the note to Boyd because he didn’t know whether his family member’s story was true and he didn’t want to ruin her life if it wasn’t.

The state charged Wilkins with extortion, stating in the letter that he “claimed he would not report this alleged inappropriate relationship in return for out time for his house arrest.”

While any number of things could be insinuated in reading the letter, Wilkins didn’t make any specific demands.

Wilkins said his probation had been revoked previously over a misunderstanding about employment requirements and he was just trying to do the right thing without having his probation revoked again.

While incarcerated in the Nash County Detention Center, Wilkins filed a lawsuit over what he describes as deplorable jailhouse conditions. The August suit names as defendants Sheriff Keith Stone and three high-ranking deputies involved with the administration of the county jail. Wilkins’ lawsuit is making its way through the court system.

Released from jail a few months ago, Wilkins, who is representing himself, returned to the detention center last week to take photos and video as part of the discovery process.

Wilkins said he doesn’t blame Stone for the jail’s poor physical condition. He said he believes Stone when he says he’s tried to have the problems fixed in the past.

Stone said he couldn’t comment on pending litigation, but that his deputies and detention officers serve with honor, compassion and diligence.

Wilkins has pending court dates for charges of being a habitual felon; three counts of assaulting a government official; multiple drug offenses including dealing heroin; attempting to provide contraband, tobacco and a cellphone to an inmate; aiding and abetting providing drugs to an inmate; and communicating threats, according to the state’s online criminal court calendar.

Wilkins’ criminal conviction history includes malicious conduct by a prisoner, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and drug possession.

Wilkins is no stranger to litigation. He successfully sued the state years ago for a civil rights violation resulting from an assault by a prison guard. The case resulted in a payout from the N.C. Industrial Commission. Another lawsuit alleging guards violated Wilkins’ constitutional rights remained tied up in federal courts for years.