HACTC officer fired
A female correctional officer at Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center was fired June 19 following allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a male inmate. Another inmate also reported that the former officer was bringing in smokeless tobacco for the male inmate.
The former officer may face felony charges.
A cell search followed a June 18 report of the tobacco and a bag was found in possession of the alleged inmate that evening. The officer’s residence was searched the following day.
HACTC administration investigated further and reviewed telephone records and electronic messages, which allegedly show contact between the officer – using a pseudonym – and the inmate.
“When we discovered this evidence we immediately contacted Agent (Craig) Zachmeier of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) to assume this investigation” HACTC director of business operations Mike Graner said in a press release. “Agent Zachmeier was provided with all the evidence at that time. Agent Zachmeier secured a search warrant of the ex-officer’s residence which was executed on 6/19/2014. Further evidence was obtained during this search which prompted the immediate termination of this individual due to a clear violation of officer conduct rules.”
The investigation remains open.
Graner said the incident is not a reflection of the HACTC staff.
“It is an unfortunate reality that issues such as this take place in our jails and prisons, but it is not a reflection of this organization as a whole. We have a great staff here at HACTC that commit themselves to acting and behaving at a very high level of professionalism.”
– Tribune Staff Report
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