A corrections officer who worked at the D.C. jail was arrested Wednesday and charged with bribery as a result of an undercover FBI investigation.
Lenard Fleming, 33, appeared in U.S. District Court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to the charges that he accepted money for smuggling contraband into the jail’s Correctional Treatment Facility, or, CTF. A judge granted Fleming’s release on his personal recognizance pending a May 14 hearing.
Fleming worked for the Corrections Corporation of America, which provided the contract security work for the jail. According to court documents, in January, Fleming met with an undercover FBI agent in the parking lot of a Capitol Heights shopping center. The agent gave Fleming $750 in exchange for Fleming agreeing to deliver a cellphone and cigarettes to an inmate.
Fleming’s arrest came nine days after another officer, Darren Malry, 51, was also arrested and charged with bribery in a similar investigation.