Former Todd Co. deputy jailer appears for arraignment

The former Todd County deputy jailer accused of engaging in sexual activity with an inmate appeared in Todd Circuit Court Wednesday morning for arraignment.

A not guilty plea to two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree official misconduct was entered on behalf of 42-year old Kimberly Ward, who said she has moved from Elkton to Tennessee.

The indictment alleges that she engaged in sexual activity with a male inmate while working in her capacity as a deputy jailer between February 26 and April 19, which were also her hire and termination dates.

Judge Tyler Gill appointed her a public defender and set another court date 14 days away.

Ward has not been jailed for the alleged crimes and was allowed to remain out of custody following the hearing.