The sheriff’s deputy is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, and was fired Wednesday.

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TACOMA — A Pierce County Sheriff’s Office corrections deputy has been fired after investigators accused him of having sex with an inmate.

The News Tribune reports that 29-year-old Jason Pardes was arrested for investigation of second-degree rape Tuesday. He’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail, and he was fired Wednesday. No charges have been filed.

The inmate is a 34-year-old woman who has been in custody since 2014 for assault, drive-by shooting and eluding officers. She acted as the getaway driver in a robbery in Fife and was shot in the chest during a shootout with police.

Investigators believe the sexual contact occurred in a multipurpose room of the jail. Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said that even if it was otherwise consensual, such relations are illegal because the inmate is under correctional supervision.

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Pardes was hired 11 months ago.