FORT ANN — A teacher at Great Meadow Correctional Facility was arrested Monday and charged with falsely claiming she was attacked by an inmate with a razor blade.
Marybeth King, 48, of Hudson Falls, was charged with felony promoting prison contraband and misdemeanor filing a false written statement after an investigation by State Police and the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), authorities said.
King had said she was slashed on the leg by an inmate who was in a special education class on Sept. 27, officials said. She reported that a prisoner raised his hand, and when King went to his desk, she felt something on her leg and saw her pants and leg were cut. The injury was not serious. She then saw a razor blade on the prisoner’s desk, and prison security was contacted.
King has been out on leave since the incident, but when State Police re-interviewed her Monday, she acknowledged she fabricated the report and cut herself, according to police. She was taken to Glens Falls Hospital but the 2.5-inch wound did not require stitches.
She did not explain why she would fabricate an incident, although authorities said she has a pending workers compensation claim for an earlier purported injury on the job.
Her confession came after State Police informed her the razor had been sent to the State Police laboratory for testing, including a check for her DNA.
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King eventually told police she found the razor in the prison and kept it in her desk until deciding to claim she was attacked. That led to the felony contraband count, as the razor is considered illegal contraband inside the maximum-security facility.
King was released after arraignment in Washington County Centralized Arraignment Part Court.
She was represented at arraignment by attorney Joseph Brennan, who said his client “denies there is any merit to the charges” and said the attack occurred as she initially reported it. The inmate, whose name was not released, is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder. It was unclear what disciplinary action occurred with him after he was accused of attacking a staff member.
A spokesman for DOCCS said King has been suspended without pay.
King, who has been an employee of DOCCS since 2004, was arraigned Monday night and released pending prosecution in Fort Ann Town Court.