orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

July 30, 2013

Texas jailer fired, allegedly groped female inmate

Associated Press
The Orange Leader

ROCKPORT, Texas — A South Texas jailer has been fired and charged with groping a female inmate while she was on kitchen duty.

KRIS-TV (http://bit.ly/14xN2YP ) in Corpus Christi reported Monday that Paul Noel has been charged violating the civil rights of a person in custody and improper sexual activity with a person in custody.

Noel worked at the Aransas (uh-RAN'-zuhs) County Detention Center in Rockport when an inmate in May filed a complaint about improper touching. The criminal complaint says the 65-year-old jailer supervised the woman, who alleges she was groped by him more than once.

Noel told KRIS-TV that the incidents were consensual.

Noel was put on leave following the complaint, fired in early June and arrested June 17. He's free on $2,500 bond.

Further details in the inmate weren't immediately available.