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Kelly Wilson: East Texas Jailer / Author Charged with Inmate Sex

Kelly Wilson: The end of a literally storied career?
Kelly Wilson: The end of a literally storied career?
Nacogdoches County Jail

Angelina County jailer and author Kelly Wilson has resigned her position and faces criminal charges after authorities in Lufkin alleged that she had a sexual relationship with a male inmate.

According to the Lufkin Daily News, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office got a tip that there was some illicit hanky-panky in their pokey on April 16.

According to KTRE, an internal investigation led to Wilson's resignation. The Daily News reported that a subsequent probe by Texas Ranger Steve Rayburn led to her arrest last night on a charge of improper sexual relationship with an inmate, a state-jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. Perhaps owing to her former position at the Angelina County Jail, Wilson, a 40-year-old resident of Huntington, was taken to the Nacogdoches County lock-up just up the road.

Last year, Wilson published Confessions from the Loo, her first book.

Kelly Wilson in happier times, with Confessions from the Loo, the fruit of her bathroom labor.
Kelly Wilson in happier times, with Confessions from the Loo, the fruit of her bathroom labor.
Jessica Cooley / Lufkin Daily News

Written mainly on a laptop while she was sitting on a toilet in a crowded home she shared with her then-husband and two children, the book is a compilation of columns she wrote for the Huntington Herald. Included are reminiscences of famous East Texas lawmen, a rumination on fallen cops brought on by a visit to the national police officers' memorial in Washington, and a salute to her brazenly unabashed redneck husband. Who now appears to be her brazenly unabashed redneck ex-husband.

In January of last year, to promote the book's release, Wilson/Whitehead gave an interview to the Daily News's Jessica Cooley. She was ecstatic to see her hitherto-scattered and ephemeral country newspaper work tucked between covers for posterity.

"I couldn't stop smiling," she told Cooley. "My daughter came in from work that night; she said, 'Let me see it.' I had to pull it out from under my pillow. It is the neatest thing. I had three goals growing up. I wanted to be a police officer, which I am. I wanted to be as good a mommy as my mommy. I'm not quite there, but I'm working on it. And I wanted to publish. I've accomplished all three of them. Now I just want to get more out there."

Oh, she got more out there all right...

Allegedly.

Wilson's arrest came the night before her 40th birthday.

She reportedly spent last Friday in Angelina County's criminal court, where she went to support the inmate with whom she was allegedly embroiled. Even as she was being investigated...Now that's what they call ride or die.

The Angelina County Sheriff's Office declined to release further information about the inmate.


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