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.
Another male prison guard was charged with rape and sodomy earlier in the year at Mabel Bassett.
According to the department, an internal investigation was launched in September 2011 after numerous allegations of sexual misconduct involving David Heath Juber, of Shawnee, were reported to administrators.
Juber, who was a corporal, was allegedly having sexual contact with at least two female inmates at the prison before his arrest in February.
The two women were able to provide intimate details about Juber, including the fact that he had pierced nipples and a tattoo on his chest, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
Following his arrest in February, Juber was charged with second-degree rape and four counts of forcible sodomy.
The Pottawatomie County district attorney filed additional second-degree rape and forcible sodomy charges against the former detention officer in June.
Juber had been disciplined before while employed by the prison.
According to court records, he was suspended two days without pay in early 2009 for accepting at least three letters “of a personal and sexual nature” from a female inmate.
Juber, 38, has since been released on $20,000 bail.
Contributing: Staff Writer Andrew Knittle