LEXINGTON — A female employee of the Joseph Harp Correctional Center caught on tape having a sexual conversation with a male inmate has been charged with rape and bringing a cellphone and drugs into prison.
Kasey McDonald, 37, is accused of having sex with an inmate in her office multiple times, smuggling a cellphone into the prison and supplying marijuana to prisoners.
The 24-year-old inmate has since been moved to a prison in Cushing, according to the state Corrections Department website.
Court records show that audio recordings obtained by the mother of another inmate in the Lexington facility led to the investigation into McDonald, who has since resigned from the state Corrections Department.
The other inmate's mother, Rosanne Nardoni-Isom, is listed as defendant on a probable cause affidavit filed in Cleveland County, but has yet to be charged in the case.
During the audio recording, the case manager is heard making sexually suggestive remarks to the inmate and telling him she wants to get rid of a post office box in Lexington because she has a bad feeling about it.
The recording also reveals the prisoner feared for his safety because of the relationship and that the woman was his personal case manager.
The inmate said the recording was made by Nardoni-Isom, who was on a three-way call with him and McDonald without the case manager's knowledge, as a form of protection.
The inmate told investigators he had sex with McDonald on “30 to 40 separate occasions” and that the relationship began in December. He said the two had sex in McDonald's office and another office next to hers.
McDonald, of Blanchard, has been charged with one count of second-degree rape and one count of bringing contraband into a penal institution, both felonies. She admitted to having sex with the inmate but denied bringing drugs into the prison, records show.
In Oklahoma, having sex with an inmate — consensual or not — is considered rape.
McDonald was arrested Friday and booked at the county jail in Norman, then was released on $5,000 bail.
Mother may face charges
The inmate McDonald was having sex with told investigators Nardoni-Isom was funneling money into the prison through Green Dot, a company that provides prepaid credit and debit cards to inmates.
He said he used the mother's money — and funds from other inmates — to pay McDonald for bringing in the phones and drugs.
The inmate told investigators “that McDonald introduced a cellular telephone and marijuana on several occasions through security personnel,” records show.
Nardoni-Isom also is accused of sending a $50 gift card to McDonald, which was reported to staff at the time. The incident led to Nardoni-Isom's son being removed from McDonald's caseload.
Investigators allege Nardoni-Isom was aware her actions weren't appropriate but still maintained contact with the inmate by cellphone. She described herself as the inmate's “surrogate mother,” although court records show the two met some time this year during a “facility visit.”
Court documents indicate financial transactions and cellphone records will link the inmate, McDonald and Nardoni-Isom.
The alleged relationship between McDonald and the inmate isn't an isolated incident at Joseph Harp Correctional Center.
The charges against the former case manager mark the fifth time since 2008 an employee of one of the Lexington correctional centers has been charged with raping an inmate.
In June 2008, a prison secretary was charged with rape after she confessed to having sex with a male inmate at the prison.
Joi Ilene Starr, 31, eventually pleaded guilty to second-degree rape and was placed on probation.
Court documents indicate Starr and an inmate had one sexual encounter in August 2007.
The 37-year-old inmate was convicted of murder in 1992, shortly after turning 18. He's now being held at the James Crabtree Correctional Center in Helena.
Katrina Lavern Hinds, 40, was charged within a month of Starr.
Hinds, who worked at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center in 2008, was charged with rape after confessing a one-time sexual encounter with an inmate who was convicted of drug charges in 2005.
Hinds pleaded guilty in March 2009, receiving two years probation.
In July, two nurses employed by the Joseph Harp Correctional Center were charged with raping the same inmate — a 34-year-old convicted murderer.
Debra Joanne Harms, 49, also was charged with bringing contraband into the prison for the inmate, including a pouch of tobacco and money.
Kristina Marie Knutson, 30, was charged with rape after admitting to having sexual relations with the same inmate inside a treatment room at the prison.
Sexual relations between the inmate and Harms took place in the same treatment room, records show.
It also was discovered that the inmate had called the women more than 500 times from the prison, court documents show.
Harms and Knutson each pleaded guilty last year, receiving probation.
The inmate is now serving out his life sentence at the R.B. Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy.
Starr, Hinds, Harms and Knutson are now registered sex offenders in the state of Oklahoma. Each of the women will have to register for life, according to state records.
Jerry Massie, spokesman for the state Corrections Department, said reports of prison employees engaging in sexual relationships with inmates are relatively rare, usually no more than four or five a year.
“These things happen,” Massie said. “I would say every prison system in the country has to deal with this problem.”