Former Columbia police officer guilty of sexual activity with an inmate

Former Columbia police officer guilty of sexual activity with an inmate
Shawn Williams, top left, Richard Pack, top right, Justin Herrington, bottom left, and Jose Oatis, bottom right were charged with having sex with an inmate./Photo credit: CPD

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A former Columbia police officer has been convicted of sexual activity with an inmate.

Justin Codey Herrington was convicted Wednesday by a Lamar County jury for prohibited sexual activity that occurred in Lamar County.

Herrington was one of four officers allegedly involved in the prohibited sexual activity crime. He resigned from the Columbia Police Department in July 2014.

Former law enforcement officers Vasan Josea Oatis, Richard Charles Pack and Shawn Michael Williams were also charged with having sexual activity with an inmate, with her consent.

According to indictments, the officers sexually interacted with the inmate between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2013, and again between May 5 and June 30, 2014.

Oatis and Pack resigned on Aug. 27. Williams was terminated on Aug. 5, 2014.

Pack previously pleaded guilty to two charges, one in Marion County and another in Madison County, and was sentenced.

Oatis also previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced by Judge Prentiss Harrell.

Williams is set for trial later this year.

Herrington will be sentenced on Aug. 30, in Pearl River County. He is facing a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Herrington also has the same charge of prohibited sexual activity that occurred in Marion County. According to 15th District, District Attorney Hal Kittrell, that trial is expected to begin on Jan. 23, 2017.