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Two Oklahoma corrections officers lose jobs in wake of sexual misconduct investigation

Oklahoma Department of Corrections is investigating allegations of misconduct by ex-workers at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, a female prison in McLoud.
by Tim Willert Modified: September 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm •  Published: September 21, 2012

State prison officials are investigating allegations of sexual misconduct at a women's prison in McLoud that cost two male corrections officers their jobs, The Oklahoman has learned.

One of the officers was fired Sept. 12 for having consensual sex with a female inmate, according to an Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman.

The other officer resigned the same day amid allegations of inappropriate conduct with a different inmate, said Jerry Massie.

“The first allegation is the more serious of the two,” Massie said.

In Oklahoma, it's a felony to have sex with an inmate — even if the sex is consensual.

The fired officer was on probation because he had not reached a year of employment and “was terminated for the good of the service,” Massie said.

The second officer was employed for more than a year, Massie said.

The spokesman declined to reveal the identities of the ex-officers pending the completion of a corrections department investigation at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, a maximum security facility for women.

The investigation, which initially centered around one officer and one inmate, is ongoing and could reveal additional officers and inmates engaged in appropriate sexual activity, Massie said.

“We are investigating allegations of sexual misconduct,” he said.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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