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Sheriff Kory L. HoneaThe Sheriff’s Office serves all the citizens of Butte County by providing a mix of public safety and public service functions. The Sheriff’s Office provides around-the-clock law enforcement service to every region of the county. In addition to 24 hour policing, we offer Butte County citizens a full range of services including, coroner services, civil services, court security and corrections.


Monday, October 03, 2016/Categories: Press Release

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Oroville, Ca—On September 29, 2016, command staff of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received information that a Correctional Deputy, identified as Ryan Woolery, age 32, had become involved in a romantic relationship with a female inmate in the Butte County Jail.
An Internal Affairs investigation was immediately launched which produced information that corroborated the allegation. Within hours of receiving the information, BCSO requested the Butte District Attorney’s Office (BCDA) conduct an independent criminal investigation. That investigation revealed a romantic relationship had developed and Woolery and the inmate had engaged in consensual intimate contact. Despite the fact it was consensual, the conduct was inappropriate and in violation of the law.
On September 30, 2016 BCDA investigators arrested Woolery and booked him into the Butte County Jail for violating Section 289.6(a)(2) of the California Penal Code, a felony, which prohibits any consensual sexual conduct by a custodial officer with a person confined in a detention facility. The established bail for the charge is $45,000. After being booked, Woolery posted bail and was released in accordance with the law. He is scheduled to appear in the Butte County Superior Court on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM.
After being arrested, Woolery resigned from his position as a correctional deputy and is no longer employed by BCSO.
Changes made after previous incidents aided in the early detection of Woolery’s misconduct and enabled investigators to gather evidence that will be helpful to the in the prosecution. Those changes included increased training and awareness of supervisors and the installation of additional cameras to monitor inmate and staff interactions.
Sheriff Kory Honea said, “The Sheriff’s Office takes allegations of staff misconduct very seriously and works diligently to investigate and hold accountable any staff member who violates the law or the department’s policies. Conduct of this nature will not be tolerated.”
For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit

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