LITTLE ROCK — A former state Department of Community Correction probation officer indicted in a federal sting operation in eastern Arkansas pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of extortion.
Roxanne Davis, 38, entered the plea before U.S. District Court Judge J. Leon Holmes. She faces up to 20 years in prison and will be allowed to remain free until a sentencing hearing, U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer said.
No date for the hearing has been set.
Davis said during Tuesday’s court hearing that she accepted cash and other gifts from a first-degree murder parolee she was supervising.
In what was called “Operation Delta Blues,” a joint federal-state investigation targeting public corruption and drug trafficking in eastern Arkansas, more than 70 people were indicted, including five other law enforcement officers.
Four of the former officers previously pleaded guilty and are serving sentences ranging from 14 months to 80 months in prison.
A fifth, Marlene Kalb, a former Helena-West Helena police sergeant, was convicted in December on two counts of attempted extortion under color of official right and two counts of attempt to posses cocaine with intent to deliver. She was recently sentenced to 30 months in prison.