Cochise County Courthouse
By Jon Johnson
SIERRA VISTA – Cochise County Sheriff’s Office C
Packer won Chaplain of the Year from the Arizona Detention Association in 2015, but now instead of consoling inmates he has become one.
Prosecutors initially filed charges against Packer on Jan. 7, and now he faces charges of four counts of sexual abuse, kidnapping, sexual assault, two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a prisoner, and two counts of indecent exposure.
Those charges are regarding incidents in which Packer is accused of engaging in sex acts with a female inmate at the Bisbee Jail on Jan. 2 and Jan. 4. All of the charges are felonies except for the indecent exposure.
A search warrant served on his home Jan. 5 by the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office located items referred to by the abused inmate. Packer was then arrested but was later released on a $25,000 bond.
On Friday, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office served a felony arrest warrant on Packer at his residence in Sierra Vista and was arrested and booked into the Cochise County Jail on additional sexual assault charges, according to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.
“The warrant issued was based upon (Cochise) County Attorney Brian McIntyre working closely with the sheriff’s office detectives and Sierra Vista Police Department to bring new charges before the grand jury yesterday,” the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.
Packer is now being held on a $250,000 bond.
After the initial arrest, Cochise County Sheriff Mark J. Dannels expressed his shock and displeasure of Packer’s alleged crimes.
“My disappointment is indescribable and this office will always do what is legally and morally right to protect those we serve,” Dannels said in a Facebook post. “I am dedicated to