Cochise County Sheriff's Office chaplain arrested on sexual assault charges; incident alleged at county jail

Doug Packer

Cochise County jail Chaplain Doug Packer, 63, was arrested Friday night and booked into the county jail early Saturday morning on charges of sexual abuse, sexual assault and unlawful sexual conduct in a correctional facility.

CCSO command staff was advised that an inmate was claiming an inappropriate incident had occurred at the Bisbee jail involving Packer.

Sheriff Mark Dannels ordered an immediate investigation to determine the facts in the allegation. Sheriff's detectives conducted interviews in the evening hours, and served a search warrant on the Packer residence in Sierra Vista late Friday night.

As a result of the investigation, Packer was taken into custody.

"My disappointment is indescribable, and this office will always do what is legally and morally right to protect those we serve,” Dannels said Saturday. “I am dedicated to safeguard our criminal justice system and will always work to protect crime victims. No one is above the law, and our employees are always held to a higher moral standard because that is the oath each took and they have pledged to serve and protect, not sometimes, but always."

Packer had an initial appearance in Justice Court on Saturday morning, where a $25,000 bond was set.

The investigation is being continued by the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, and anyone with information is asked to contact the office at 520-432-9500.

Submitted by Carol Capas, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office public information officer

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