Ex-Franklin Co. jailer pleads innocent to sex with 2 inmates

Tri-City HeraldMay 20, 2014 

Justin Husom Court

Justin Husom, a former Franklin County corrections officer, makes his first appearance Tuesday in a Franklin County Superior courtroom on two counts of first-degree custodial sexual misconduct.

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A former Franklin County corrections officer pleaded innocent Tuesday to allegations he had sexual contact with two female inmates while on duty.

Justin T. Husom, 41, faces a July 16 trial date in Franklin County Superior Court.

Husom resigned after admitting to investigators he had oral sex with an inmate in an off-camera storage room at the jail.

In exchange, he gave the woman a razor that she requested.

The case was forwarded to the state Attorney General's Office for review after an internal investigation was done by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Husom initially lied about the sexual contact when his supervisors heard the rumors in the jail, but later admitted it after failing a polygraph test, according to Sheriff Richard Lathim and court documents.

A second inmate came forward and said she and Husom had an ongoing sexual relationship, sometimes in exchange for contraband, documents and investigative reports said.

That relationship allegedly lasted for five months, ending in May 2012.

Husom is charged with two counts of first-degree custodial sexual misconduct.

The case is being handled by Judge Michael G. McCarthy of Yakima County Superior Court because the six Benton-Franklin Superior Court judges recused themselves.

Husom's wife, who has since filed for divorce, is Benton-Franklin County Superior Court's longtime assistant administrator.

Tiffany Husom works with the bicounty system's judges on a daily basis, assigning them to certain cases and coordinating their schedules.

McCarthy heard the case by telephone on Tuesday.

Assistant Attorney General John Hillman asked the judge for two protection orders for the female inmates. McCarthy granted the request.

Husom is represented by Scott Johnson of Kennewick.

-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531; kkraemer@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer

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