A former 23-year-old prison guard at the Eastham Unit in Lovelady was arrested on suspicion of taking a $600 bribe from an offender to bring him tobacco in to the unit Wednesday.
Kevin Vallery was arrested by the TDCJ Office of Inspector General and charged with suspicion of bribery, a second-degree felony, and suspicion of possession of a prohibited substance in a penal institution and was incarcerated in the Houston County Jail where he was bonded out on a $25,000 bond.
Vallery's supervisor became suspicious he was concealing contraband after he notice what appeared to be two bundles in his pants. Vallery was taken to the Wardens Office where he pulled two bundles of tobacco out of his pants and admitted to receiving $600 from an offender to bring the tobacco into the unit.
OIG investigators conducted a search of Vallery's vehicle in the unit parking lot, where $600 in cash was found in the center console.