A former Knox County Jail guard, charged with multiple counts of unlawful sexual contact against former female inmates, was arrested again Sept. 11 and accused of threatening to shoot a woman.

Richard Wellington, 61, of Warren was released on bail and awaiting trial for the sex assault case when a female victim approached police and told them she received a call from Wellington, and he had threatened to shoot her, said an affidavit filed in Sixth District Court.

Police searched Wellington's home and did not find a gun, but did locate a bullet.

Wellington denied threatening the woman, said the affidavit.

At his initial appearance Sept. 12, Wellington was held without bail on a motion to revoke his bail.

The defendant was indicted on 10 counts of unlawful sexual touching and one count of unlawful sexual contact stemming from a victim's statements that he assaulted her while she was incarcerated and under his care. Victims allege he traded contraband, including candy, for sexual favors, according to an affidavit.

The victim told police Wellington gave her candy bars, a razor, and chewing tobacco if she showed him her breasts. She said he would also grope her, which occurred in the laundry room and in her cell. She estimated Wellington had touched her 75 to 100 times from April to August, said court papers.

Other female inmates verified he would provide contraband.

Evidence to support the claims are verified by inmate journal entries and findings of contraband in Wellington's possession, said court papers.

When Knox County Sheriff's Detective Justin Twitchell interviewed Wellington about the accusations and the contraband found in his mailbox, including a razor, Wellington said he used it to trim his facial hair in the morning. He later confessed he let female inmates use the razor after further questioning. He also confessed to writing the letter to the victim, saying he did so because he was hurt and told Twitchell "I was good to her," said the affidavit.

Wellington denied any sexual contact with inmates and initially agreed to take a polygraph test. He later declined the request, according to the affidavit.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublcationsllc.com.