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Police: Prison worker smuggled drugs into prison, had sex with inmate

2014-02-10T15:30:00Z 2014-03-19T13:11:31Z Police: Prison worker smuggled drugs into prison, had sex with inmateDON LEHMAN -- dlehman@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
February 10, 2014 3:30 pm  • 

FORT ANN -- A Salem woman who worked as a teacher at Washington Correctional Facility was arrested Friday after state officials determined she was smuggling heroin and needles into the medium-security prison and having sex with the inmate to whom she was bringing drugs, officials said.

State Police said Kimberly Ricci, 24, was charged Friday after an investigation by the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and State Police. Ricci was a vocational instructor in the prison and resigned after she was confronted by prison officials about the allegations.

She was arrested after prison officials learned she was having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate and brought heroin into the prison on at least three occasions in recent months, officials said.

Ricci had been assigned to Washington Correctional for several months, having moved to the area from an assignment at a downstate prison.

Ricci and the inmate used drugs together, including needles, and had sex in the area where she instructed students, police said.

Ricci smuggled the drugs and needles into the prison by hiding them in a body cavity and in a bag of snack food, according to State Police.

Teachers go through security checkpoints when entering the prison but are not searched as vigorously as visitors and non-employees are, authorities said.

Ricci was charged with felony counts of promoting prison contraband, as well as third-degree rape and misdemeanor official misconduct. Felony drug charges could be added, officials said.

The rape charge was filed because it is illegal for staff at a correctional facility to have sexual contact with inmates.

The inmate, who is serving a sentence for burglary, has not been charged, but the investigation was continuing.

Ricci was arraigned and released on her own recognizance pending prosecution in Fort Ann Town Court. The charges are punishable by up to 7 years in state prison.

State Police referred further comment to DOCCS.

Taylor Vogt, a spokeswoman for DOCCS, said Ricci worked for the department for less than two years. Her salary was $38,225.

DOCCS spokesman Tom Mailey said the agency was reviewing the matter and would look at security procedures.

“DOCCS is constantly reviewing procedures and policies for effectiveness,” he said.

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(19) Comments

  1. Heidi921
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    Heidi921 - February 22, 2014 4:39 pm
    I agree 100%!
  2. schorpp77
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    schorpp77 - February 15, 2014 8:53 am
    Just being such a dirtbag should be a felony. Ms. Ricci, please go get a blood test.
  3. Sceptical Mass
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    Sceptical Mass - February 12, 2014 10:46 pm
    Nice way to throw away your future, for a convict and main-lining heroin.
  4. Sceptical Mass
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    Sceptical Mass - February 12, 2014 10:44 pm
    Ha!
  5. Key
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    Key - February 12, 2014 2:30 pm
    New York state allows conjugal visits to state prisons. Although, state employees and prison staff are prohibited from having any sexual contact with any inmate. Those who are restricted from having any kind of romantic entanglement with the inmates are those who work for the state, I suppose in any capacity. Government employees cannot be in a position of power over the inmates, and have sex with the inmates. This is to protect the inmates from coercion from the prison staff, and in turn to prevent inmates from bribing staff.
  6. jadedI
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    jadedI - February 11, 2014 11:35 am
    She ADMITTED IT, Redsox. Her confession is a matter of public record.
  7. areuserious
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    areuserious - February 11, 2014 9:45 am
    The law stands as a rape charge. If you don't agree and think "sexual misconduct" is more appropriate you should lobby to have it changed. Personally, these jail employees know the laws and their rights and she broke the law that she is fully aware of.
  8. areuserious
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    areuserious - February 11, 2014 9:42 am
    It is illegal to have sex with an inmate if you are a prison staffer. That is why she is being charged with rape. She broke the law. This law was placed into effect to protect the inmates from having staff use their power to coerce inmates into sexual acts or in return for favors. I'm sure the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is meant to protect real victims of rape (not for consensual sex in return for heroin) but it applies here. Would he have consented in real life had she not been bringing him drugs? Maybe not. Could he argue that he was "drugged" and raped? Sure he could have. This young lady put herself in a very dangerous situation. Totally NOT defending the inmate, just looking at it from both perspectives. The teacher had nothing to gain from this arrangement, she chose to make these mistakes, everything she did was illegal. The teachers/guards/employees of the jails obviously take some sort of oath as part of their training and obviously she breech-ed this.
  9. redsox67
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    redsox67 - February 11, 2014 9:27 am
    The article states the charges against Ms. Ricci. The article does not state what evidence of the alleged crime the State Police have for the basis for the charges.That no charges were brought against the inmate (not named) and the defendant was released ROR makes me wonder how strong a case the D.A. has. Also isn't Ms. Ricci innocent until proven guilty by a jury? None of this may have happened even thought readers are already speculating on the reasons why this incident happened. What will you say if in a year you find out all charges are dropped?
  10. scottdm40
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    scottdm40 - February 11, 2014 8:02 am
    Once they become inmates they lose all rights including the rightto consent to sex and cop like attitude there is more then just forcible rape. It's not rape because she forced him it's rape because he can't consent. just like statutory rape. And if she is convicted of that charge she will have to register as a sex offender.
  11. jadedI
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    jadedI - February 10, 2014 11:37 pm
    Inmates are legally deemed incapable of giving consent. Jailbait, literally.
  12. kjo2009
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    kjo2009 - February 10, 2014 10:30 pm
    I agree as well- it's not rape unless age of consent. It's more like sexual misconduct if anything. I guarantee the prisoner wouldn't say it was rape!! I think the heroin charge will be the major player in this case anyway.
  13. helper
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    helper - February 10, 2014 9:47 pm
    No one forced anyone to have sex. Any prison employee is forbidden to have sex with inmates and its the PREA or prison rape elimination act. It was passed to protect inmates from inappropriate relations with employees of prisons.
  14. CMWTK
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    CMWTK - February 10, 2014 9:06 pm
    http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/LAWSSEAF.cgi?QUERYTYPE=LAWS+&QUERYDATA=$$PEN130.25$$@TXPEN0130.25+&LIST=SEA36+&BROWSER=BROWSER+&TOKEN=33450939+&TARGET=VIEW
  15. Cop like attitude
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    Cop like attitude - February 10, 2014 7:25 pm
    I agree with Dave. The rape charge has me confused. Rape is defined as an act of force and against a persons consent. Is there a section that says you can charge a person like this according to the above news article? Third degree rape is a what Class Felony? Who came onto who. The inmate was no doubt a male and at some point was aroused. Who penetrated who. Is the proper person really being chared with RAPE? How come she was not charged with Arson? I mean, did she not intentionally set him (emotions) on fire? Come on will ya? I get set on fire every night!!
  16. Lyndsey08
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    Lyndsey08 - February 10, 2014 7:04 pm
    She should be charged with bringing in the Heroin. but the rape charge is rediculous! What I wanna know is how. she managed to have sex with an inmate , where is the other employees .
  17. mom_of_2
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    mom_of_2 - February 10, 2014 6:58 pm
    Why should the inmates name be published. SHES doing The crime and SHES the one breaking several laws. Article makes perfect sense to me.
  18. jadedI
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    jadedI - February 10, 2014 6:26 pm
    Back off the poor guy, why don't ya. He's paying his debt to society. It's not his fault that he was raped. He's a victim.
  19. Dave
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    Dave - February 10, 2014 4:56 pm
    Something smells a little fishy here. The teacher is arrested and charged with everthing they can think of, identified and told her life history but nothing on the convicted felon. Is he well connected and related to somebody important??

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