Two Hempstead County jailers have been fired and booked in to their previous place of work this week for alleged offenses that occurred in the Hempstead County Detention Facility.

Sheriff James Singleton said Gary Middleton, 63, of Hope, and Joshua Huffman, 25, of Delight were both fired and arrested for two separate incidents involving inmates in the Detention Center. Middleton has worked in the jail since December 2014. Huffman has worked there since July 2018.

Joshua Huffman

Huffman was arrested Thursday, October 11 and charged with furnishing prohibited articles, a class C felony, for allegedly bringing a cell phone into the detention center on at least two occasions and allowing inmates to use it. According to Sheriff Singleton, investigators learned that inmates used the phone to contact witnesses and at least one victim. Huffman was booked into the Hempstead County Detention Facility before being transferred to the Nevada County Jail to await his first court appearance.

Gary Middleton

Middleton was arrested Friday, October 12 and charged with furnishing prohibited articles, a class C felony, and battery 3rd degree, a misdemeanor, for allegedly bringing an unauthorized, personal taser into the detention facility and using it against an inmate who was handcuffed and shackled at the time. Middleton was booked into the Hempstead County Detention Facility before being transferred to the Howard County Jail to await his first appearance.

Sheriff Singleton said both incidents are still under investigation.

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