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The two men and one woman accused of bribery of a deputy at the Grant County Detention Center were indicted by a Grant County grand jury.
Eric B. Ashcraft, 23, of Dry Ridge, Wendell Scott Eldridge, 37, of Crittenden and Sandra Michelle Robinson, 33, of Dry Ridge, were indicted for bribery of a public servant, a class C felony punishable of five to 10 years in jail and a fine ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
The trio was arrested on March 10 after jail deputies investigated a tip that a deputy had accepted a bribe from an inmate and allowed contraband into the jail.
Ashcraft had been employed at the jail for a year. He resigned before his arrest.
Jail staff monitored phone calls between Eldridge, who was incarcerated at the jail on unrelated charges, and Robinson in which he instructed her to pay Ashcraft to bring cigarettes and coffee to him in jail.
They were also indicted for promoting contraband. Eldridge was also indicted for being a persistent felony offender.
The grand jury, which met April 15, returned indictments against seven other individuals.
An indictment means there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed; guilt or innocence is established later through the trial procedure.
Other indictments include:
• Steven Anthony Brann, 30, with manufacturing methamphetamine first offense and being a persistent offender.
• Oletta M. Jackson, 40, with trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Michael D. Mason, 43, with trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree, possession of a controlled substance in the first degree and possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.
• Brian Wayne Redman, 34, with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and theft of identity.
• Daniel L. Stacy, 27, with theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value of $300 or more.
• Brooke C. Niehaus, 27, with theft of identity.
• Bryan S. Miller, 32, with theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value under $300, criminal attempt to theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value under $300 and criminal mischief in the third degree.