Former Alcorn County jail employee charged

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – A former Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office part-time correctional officer was arrested last month on two grand jury indictments in connection with sexual misconduct with a prisoner and aiding escape of a prisoner.
Amanda Kuykendall, 29, of Corinth, was released on $50,000 bond after turning herself in to the sheriff’s office Dec. 22.
She was fired from the sheriff’s office in February 2010, along with another employee, amid the allegations.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections conducted the investigation and turned its findings over to the district attorney for grand jury review.
The first grand jury indictment includes three counts of engaging in sexual penetration with a prisoner/inmate, said Assistant District Attorney Arch Bullard. The other indictment is one count of aiding the escape of a prisoner.
Each sexual charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison if convicted, and the aiding-escape charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison with conviction, he said.
A trial date has not been set, but the next regular term of court is March.
The inmate, who was being held in Alcorn County jail pending transfer to the state Department of Corrections, was transported to Rankin County immediately after suspicions of misconduct surfaced.
Under Mississippi law, the sex act between incarcerated offenders and law enforcement officers or employees is subject to felony charges against the jail employees, whether or not the behavior was consensual.

Contact Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com