Rebecca Ruth Anderson, 23, was arrested in March

By Christine Pelisek
April 03, 2019 05:24 PM
Rebecca Ruth AndersonCredit: Hood County Sheriff's Office
Credit: Hood County Sheriff's Office

A former Texas jailer has been accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with an inmate.

Rebecca Ruth Anderson, 23, was arrested in March for the state felony of violating the rights of a person in custody. She was released on $5,000 bail after she turned herself in to authorities.

“She was arrested on that basis but hasn’t been charged,” Anderson’s attorney Bill Walsh tells PEOPLE.

According to FOX4, Anderson was picked up after tips to the sheriff, including one from an ex-boyfriend.

“There is a lot more to this than that Rebecca Anderson had sex with an inmate and that is the end of the story,” says Walsh. “I don’t think the story ends here. There is much more that hasn’t been revealed at this point.”

According to Walsh, Anderson worked at the Hood County jail for just over a year and resigned in 2018 “under great conditions.”

Walsh says the alleged incident occurred while she worked at the facility.

In a statement released Tuesday, Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said he was “disappointed over this situation” and that he expects more from his employees.

“I do not tolerate employees that break the law and requested the Texas Rangers investigate the allegation that was brought to my attention,” he wrote, according to the statement obtained by NBCDFW. “As an elected official, I try to be transparent as possible and let the public know what is going on at the Hood County Sheriff’s Office.”

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Walsh says his client has already been convicted by social media.

“I was hoping to cut this off but it got to the media too quick,” he says. “It upsets me because she has been tried and convicted by the court of public opinion and there is a lot more to this case than has been revealed, but enough has been revealed to trash her. Her life is wrecked.”

Anderson is currently serving in the military, says Walsh.

“She is 23 and military minded,” he says. “Dad raised her and her and her dad are glued to each other. They have so much respect for each other. This doesn’t fit a profile of somebody who would commit this crime.”

The Hood County Sheriff’s Office and Hood County District Attorney could not be reached for comment.