BAY COUNTY, Fla. - A former prosecutor and political opponent of State Attorney Glenn Hess is facing charges.
Greg Wilson, who served as Hess' Chief Assistant and then ran against him last year in the election is accused of inappropriate behavior with two clients in the Bay County Jail.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged Wilson Tuesday for Perjury and the Introduction of Contraband at the Bay County Jail. This, after investigators working on an unrelated case in August said they came across recorded phone conversations and video detailing his actions.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Wilson facilitated the movement of items from one inmate to another including cologne soaked business cards. Investigators said it was all recorded on a camera that they installed in the jail meeting room following the alleged phone conversations.
"The inmate had a package she brought in, presented it to Mr. Wilson, who put it in his notebook, she left, and another inmate came in, and that package was given to that female," said Major Jimmy Stanford.
The sheriff's office said they did not find any drugs in the package Wilson delivered but they weren't able to recover all of the contents.
"We don't know what we may have missed, but what we did get, was written correspondence which is a violation which the statute specifically states is a violation of the law. They cannot be passing that," said Major Stanford.
Willson is also charged with a misdemeanor of perjury after he allegedly gave false statements when he was questioned by law enforcement.
Local Attorney Al Sauline said attorneys are held to a high standard when it comes to obeying the law.
"We all have to follow Florida statutes as well as the Florida bar, which outlines ethics, morals, character. No attorney should ever violate those for their clients," said Sauline.
He said bringing in contraband is a serious offense.
"It causes problems even if it's something as simple as a paper clip or rubber band," said Sauline.
Wilson has hired Attorneys Waylon Graham and Jim White to represent him. They declined to comment. Our local state attorney's office is not prosecuting the case, instead it is being prosecuted by the state attorney in Tallahassee.
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