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Jail deputy arrested for alleged relationship with inmate, says sheriff

The deputy has been with the department since 2018, and was placed on non-paid leave following the arrest.

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — A detentions deputy was arrested, said Weld County Sheriff's Office (WCSO), after an investigation that the deputy engaged in an intimate relationship with at least one inmate. 

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After the report was made to jail staff, WCSO said they placed Jason Hillyer, 32,  of Greeley, under a paid administrative leave, on June 29.

Once the investigation was completed, WCSO said Hillyer was booked into the Weld County Jail on one count of sexual conduct in a correctional institution, a class 5 felony.  

WCSO said they had an intensive investigation done by internal affairs and the sheriff's criminal investigation unit. Hillyer was placed on non-paid administrative leave following the arrest.

Hillyer started as a jail deputy on June 18, 2019, said WCSO.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at info@nococrimestoppers.com or 1-800-222-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Calls to the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers are not recorded and the phone does not have caller ID, according to the NoCoCrimestoppers website. A coordinator completes a tips information form, makes initial inquiries and passes the information along to investigators. 

A two-way dialogue system online also allows tipsters to come back and provide additional information and ask questions.  

A community board of directors meets regularly to evaluate arrests and determine reward amounts. 

> More information about Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

> Additional NoCo Crime Stoppers bulletins can be found here. 

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