By Sylvain Metz
A Madison County public defender has been accused of having "inappropriate sexual relations" with a 32-year-old female inmate.
Walter Wood, 52, a one-time Municipal Court judge in Ridgeland, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of disorderly conduct, said Sheriff Toby Trowbridge.
Wood posted bond and referred all questions to his attorney, Tommy Savant.
Savant could not be reached for comment.
Trowbridge said that following a meeting between the inmate and Wood last week, "we had reason to believe that there might be some inappropriate behavior between attorney Walter Wood and his client in the interview room of the detention center."
After their meeting, the woman was interviewed by sheriff's deputies and accused Wood of "sexual misconduct," he said.
Trowbridge could not say why the woman was in jail, citing that he did not have her file before him, but said she was being held for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.