A Kuna man arrested Thursday for allegedly enticing a minor served as a captain at an Idaho state prison until he was fired last month.
Thomas Duane Sammons, 39, was arrested by the Crimes Against Children unit from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office and taken to the Ada County Jail.
Authorities began investigating Sammons after the victim’s mother contacted Kuna police after finding suspicious text messages on her daughter’s cell phone.
The Idaho Department of Correction hired Sammons in June 2014. He worked at the Idaho State Correcitonal Institution, a medium-security prison south of Boise that serves as the primary prison for long-term male offenders.
He was fired May 9, said Jeff Ray, a spokesman for the Department of Correction.
Ray would not say whether Sammons’ termination was related to the criminal investigation.
“We can’t discuss personnel matters,” Ray said.
Before he was hired by the state, Sammons worked for the Corrections Corporation of America, a private company that operated the Idaho State Correctional Center until the state took it over in July 2014. That prison, also south of Boise, has 2,060 beds for minimum- and medium-security prisoners.
Sammons, who remains in the Ada County Jail, was arraigned Friday afternoon in Ada County Magistrated Court. Bail was set at $200,000.
He is scheduled to return to court June 17 for a preliminary hearing.