SC agent accused of giving cellphone to inmate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A state Probation, Parole and Pardon Services agent has been arrested after authorities say he gave a cellphone to a South Carolina inmate.

The State Law Enforcement Division says 37-year-old Tyson Maurice Milhouse was arrested Wednesday and charged with giving contraband to a prisoner and misconduct in office.

Inmates aren't allowed to have cellphones behind bars. At some point this year, authorities say Milhouse gave a phone to a state inmate who was in custody at the Barnwell County jail.

Milhouse was booked at that same jail, and it wasn't known if he had an attorney. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

SLED says Milhouse has been suspended from the state parole agency.

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