A second Airway Heights Corrections Center employee is under investigation for sexual misconduct after an anonymous tip led investigators to find a woman had been carrying on an inappropriate relationship with an inmate.
A female employee in the textiles section of the corrections center is under investigation for first degree custodial sexual misconduct, a felony. The investigation came about as a result of an anonymous tip in April that a witness had seen the woman and an inmate going into a bathroom at the corrections center on multiple occasions, and the inmate bragging that he had touched her inappropriately while in the bathroom.
Detectives with the Airway Heights Police Department found that the inmate had made 92 different calls from phones at the corrections center, and which were recorded by the facility, to a single phone number. Detectives determined the persons on the phone were the inmate and the prison employee. When the detectives listened to the phone conversations they found that on Feb. 14 the two had phone sex, which involved the woman using a sex toy while the inmate listened.
They then called the employee's personal phone number, which was supplied by the corrections center, and determined after calling that number that the person the inmate had been speaking to was the prison employee.
Detectives determined the calls were made to a burn phone, a pre-paid cell phone with no user assigned to it, and not her personal phone. When they contacted the woman she was told the reason for the call and she claimed she didn't know the inmate. When she was told the prison had 92 recorded conversations between her and the inmate she became quiet and then later said it was not a good time to talk.
Over the next several days detectives attempted to contact the employee again and she replied with a handful of text messages, saying it wasn't a good time to talk, that she was with family and that she would contact detectives later. Finally, on April 25, she sent a text message to detectives saying, "On advice of council…I will not be speaking with u any further."
When she declined to speak to detectives further they went back and listened to each of the 92 phone calls between the inmate and the woman and found that during the calls they engaged in phone sex and talked about the inmate touching her.
This is the second time in the last several months a female employee at the corrections center has faced a sexual misconduct charge. Earlier this week the Airway Heights Police Department recommended charging former prison therapist Sarah Brooks on three counts of first degree custodial sexual misconduct for carrying on an inappropriate relationship with an inmate.
Brooks, a therapist assigned to treat sex offenders at the prison, was caught exposing herself to a sex offender inmate at the prison. That led to an investigation that uncovered Brooks had allegedly been having an ongoing inappropriate relationship with that inmate for several months.
Both Brooks, who resigned her position from the prison, and the inmate later confirmed to investigators they had been having an inappropriate relationship.
The inmate in that case was transferred to another prison after the revelation of the affair.