Corrections worker accused of romance with an inmate

A 57-year-old woman who had worked as an education coordinator for the state Department of Corrections pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of first-degree official misconduct following an investigation into her alleged relationship with an inmate.

Sharon Lee Simovic was arrested on a warrant Friday and arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday.

Findings of an investigation allege that Simovic, who had worked under contract with the state at the Columbia River Correctional Institution, became involved with an inmate, Joshua Dennison, 32, who had served as her clerk in the prison. Simovic helped inmates put together a course plan towards obtaining their high school graduate equivalency diplomas.

Investigators said they found love letters Simovic wrote to Dennison. An indictment accuses Simovic of using her official position from Jan. 1, 2007, through Oct. 19, 2007, to obtain a benefit: “The love and affection” of Dennison. Simovic no longer works for the state.

A trial is scheduled for Sept. 23.


Wisconsin Female Prison Guards Face Sexual Assault Charges

Two former female Oakhill prison guards are being charged with second-dagree sexual assault, even though they say the so-called victim — a prisoner — seduced them.

A year and a half ago, Correction’s Secretary Matt Frank said he would enforce a “zero tolerance” policy for sexual contact between prison staff and inmates. Continue reading

Former federal prison guard goes to prison

COVINGTON, Ky. — A former federal corrections officer has been sentenced to prison in a smuggling scheme that brought contraband tobacco into the Federal Correctional Institution Ashland.

A federal judge in Covington sentenced 43-year-old David Thompson of Raceland on Friday to four years in prison. Continue reading

Former Missouri corrections officer faces drug-smuggling charges

ST. LOUIS | A former Missouri corrections officer and two others face federal charges for allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana and crack cocaine inside the state prison in Moberly.

U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced the charges Friday against 35-year-old Brian Saunders of Salisbury, along with 25-year-old Rebecca Best and 28-year-old Sandra White, both of Moberly. Continue reading

Mass. jail guard arrested on drug charges

DARTMOUTH, Mass.—A Bristol County correctional officer has been arrested on drug charges for allegedly bringing contraband into the Dartmouth House of Correction.

Authorities say 20-year-old Marco Moniz of Fall River was arrested while on duty Tuesday and charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws and delivering contraband to a penal institution.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

A sheriff’s office spokesman could not be more specific on what was brought into the jail.

Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said in as statement that he was “deeply saddened” that a sworn officer “violated the badge he wears and the trust it implies.” But Hodgson praised those who conducted the investigation


Deputy Jailer arrested

The Larue County Deputy Jailer is now the one behind bars.


Jennie McGee was arrested early Sunday morning by Kentucky State Police.


McGee was wanted for five counts of felony theft out of Perry County, Indiana.


She was also charged with five counts of “fugitive from another state” regarding the warrants.


McGee is lodged in the Hart County jail on a $15,000 bond.


Jail officer charged in alleged road-rage incident

A newly hired Pierce County corrections officer has been put on administrative leave after he was accused of pulling a loaded gun during an alleged road-rage incident in King County.

Prosecutors charged Yury Nijnik, 28, with second-degree assault in connection with the Jan. 25 incident. He is to be arraigned Tuesday at the Regional Justice Center in Kent. Continue reading