St. Lucie County detention deputy charged with giving inmate contraband

SEPT 20, 2019 | 3:13 P.M. | ST. LUCIE COUNTY—A St. Lucie County deputy is under arrest, accused of bringing contraband to a jail inmate.

Toby Johnson, 23, is a detention deputy at the St. Lucie County Jail.

Sheriff Ken Mascara said Johnson befriended an inmate and illegally gave him prohibited magazines, once of which was called “Straight Stuntin” and featured “scantily clad dressed women,” according to his arrest report.

The sheriff said Johnson also offered to deliver mail from that inmate to the inmate’s family member outside of the jail, which is a violation of jail procedures and state law.

Johnson was arrested on Thursday for introduction of contraband into a detention facility.

He’s now on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

“Trust is the epitome of public service,” said Sheriff Mascara. “When that trust is broken and the highest standards are not met and/or maintained, that person has failed our community, this organization and me. That failure tarnishes the agency and everyone who pins this badge on each and every day.”

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