Corrections Officer Fired After Alleged Sex with Inmate

DECEMBER 11, 2006 - Posted at 7:34 a.m. CST

BENTON, AR - An Arkansas state correction officer has been fired from the Benton Work-Release Unit after allegedly having sex with an inmate.

Prison officials say the 24-year-old woman had been employed by the Dept. of Correction for less than six months.  Officials declined to identify her as their investigation continues.

The inmate the guard allegedly had sex with was transferred from the minimum security work-release program.

The dismissal marks at least the fourth time this year a Correction Department worker has left the agency under suspicion of having a relationship with a prisoner.

State and federal law prohibit sex between prison staff and inmates.

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