Clay County jail administrator pleads guilty to violating inmates' civil rights

A former jail administrator of the Clay County Detention Center pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating inmates' civil rights.{} Jeffrey Scott Cotney is accused of using his authority to sexually abuse or otherwise deprive the inmates of their constitutional rights.

The 48 year old entered his plea to four counts of deprivation of rights under color of law between May 2009 and spring 2010 while he worked as Clay County's jail administrator.{} As part of that job, Cotney ran the inmate worker program, recommending which inmates could participate in the program and supervising the inmate workers.

A federal grand jury indicted Cotney in November.{} His sentencing is scheduled for May 27.