Castle Rock, CO – A married jail deputy is on the other side of the bars after buying a gun for her drug-dealing boyfriend. 36-year-old Bianca Roberts was sentenced last week after being accused of buying a 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol for a former inmate, Joshua Tisch. Court documents show that Roberts was Tisch’s jailer at the Douglas County Jail in 2017.
Tisch has a lengthy felony record including burglary convictions and an 11-page rap sheet.
Roberts struck up a relationship with the inmate while he was doing time for being a felon in possession of a handgun. When he was released in 2017, he continued his relationship with the married jail deputy. Things soon became sexual while Roberts’ husband remained oblivious to his wife’s affair.
The sordid affair began to unravel with the help of a red light ticket. On Jan 26, 2017 a red light photo ticket was issued to Roberts’ husband’s car when after running a red light at 6th Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard. Investigators say Tisch was behind the wheel at the time of the infraction. When Roberts’ husband received the ticket, he was able to piece together that his wife was being unfaithful.
The following month, investigators say Roberts and Tisch traveled to Jackson Creek Armory in Sedalia. The former jailbird reportedly gave Roberts money to buy him a gun which she did. She alleged that she wanted Roberts to be safe while selling drugs. For his safety Roberts purchased a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol.
Roberts eventually resigned when her actions came to light and investigation was initiated. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, Lauren Lekander, said Roberts was a deputy from 2012 until May of 2017.
On Dec 17 Roberts pleaded guilty to the straw purchase of a firearm, a felony. She also pleaded guilty to violating terms of her bond of no contact with Tisch. Authorities discovered over 300 phone calls between her and Tisch. After the initial indictment was unsealed the court ordered Roberts not to have any contact with her jailbird boyfriend.
Roberts was sentenced to a total of 60 days in jail and two years of probation.
Hardly the felony punishment for the married jail deputy.
“Purchasing a firearm for a convicted felon is outrageous,” said District Attorney George Brauchler. “Purchasing a firearm for a felon to protect himself from the dangers of illegal drug dealing is inexplicable and unjustifiable. The good men and women who serve in uniform don’t want these bad apples amongst them, and citizens deserve better from those tasked with protecting them.”
“No one is above the law. We grant significant discretion to our law enforcers. We encourage — mandate — that the public trust them and heed their directives. We must — and we will — continue to hold the exceedingly few bad actors accountable, as we would any other member of our community. Purchasing a firearm for a convicted felon is outrageous,” Brauchler said.
“We expect law enforcement members to uphold the law, not to break it. Roberts threw away her career, repeatedly choosing this felon over her oath to uphold the law,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Gary Dawson, who prosecuted the case. “Now she is a two-time felon, serving a sentence as a prisoner in the very jail in which she was employed as a deputy.”