A 23-year-old female North Carolina corrections officer is facing criminal charges for allegedly having sex with an inmate. According to reports, the female officer worked as a prison guard at the Western Youth Institution which has male inmates between the ages of 13 to 22.
According to court documents filed, the incident allegedly happened sometime in January. The 23-year-old was gainfully employed for about a year when an internal investigation on her was initiated after a tip of her alleged activities was received. Shortly after the allegations, she resigned from her post. However, she was recently arrested and now faces criminal charges stemming for the alleged incident.
Even though the authorities did not disclose the age of inmate the female guard allegedly had sex with, if the individual was not an adult, then she potentially faces some very serious charges such as indecent liberties with a child, statutory rape and more. If convicted she faces not only a large fine but also prison time. Further, the nature of the charges is likely to impact her professional and personal life.
A tremendous amount is at stake for the 23-year-old woman. Her very livelihood and reputation are on the line. Further if found guilty, she will be required to register as a sex offender for at least ten years, will have to live under strict parole conditions and more.
For individuals accused of sex crimes, particularly those involving minors, it is essential that they seek zealous criminal defense. Even though the prosecution is likely to aggressively seek a conviction, those charged with sex crimes should still fight for their freedom and rights and not give in.
Source: WSOC, "Prison guard at youth institution charged with having sex with inmate," Kathyrn Burcham, July 30, 2013