Oklahoma Corrections Department investigates a case manager for sexual misconduct

A female case manager at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center is alleged to have had an inappropriate relationships with a prisoner.
BY ANDREW KNITTLE aknittle@opubco.com Published: February 16, 2012
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The state Corrections Department is investigating possible sexual misconduct by a former case manager at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center.

If the investigation turns into criminal charges, it would be the fifth time since 2008 an employee of one of the Lexington correctional centers has been charged with raping an inmate.

Department spokesman Jerry Massie said an audio recording made by the mother of a prisoner — that appears to reveal an inappropriate relationship between the female prison employee and the inmate — led to the latest investigation.

During the recording, the case manager is heard making sexually charged remarks to the prisoner 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 inmate feared for his safety because of the relationship and that the woman was his personal case manager.

Massie said the woman under investigation has resigned, but he offered few additional details about the case.

The department has yet to turn over findings to the Cleveland County district attorney's office for possible charges, Massie said.

In Oklahoma, having sex with an inmate — consensual or not — is considered rape.

Other cases

In June 2008, a prison secretary was charged with rape after she confessed to have having sex with a male inmate at Joseph Harp.

Joi Ilene Starr, 31, would eventually plead guilty to second-degree rape and be placed on probation.

Court documents indicate Starr and inmate Danny Turner had one sexual encounter in August 2007.

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