Florence prison sergeant arrested in sexual assault case

August 7, 2020 GMT

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A corrections sergeant assigned to a state prison in Florence has been arrested and accused of crimes that include sexual assault, kidnapping and sexual abuse, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry said Friday.

Jason McClelland, 47, was arrested Thursday night by department investigators and booked into the Pinal County Jail in Florence, the department said in a statement.

The statement didn’t provide details on what McClelland has been accused of.

The Pinal County Attorney’s Office later in the day released the initial summary investigators filed for the court record, but it was heavily redacted and provided little detail on what they believe occurred.


It did mention two accusers, whose names were redacted. It also said several other possible victims declined to talk with investigators “due to fear of retaliation or repercussions from work.”

The corrections agency’s statement said it “does not tolerate inappropriate conduct by its staff or offenders under supervision, and supports prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.”

Jail records indicated that McClelland remained in custody Friday. Online court records didn’t list an attorney for McClelland who could comment on his behalf.