Covering Kentucky

May 26, 2012 11:59 PM

2 State Workers Fired For Sex With Inmate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Two female state workers have been fired after admitting to investigators that they had sex with a male prison inmate who was performing janitorial work at the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/KJ3ag0) reported on the investigation after obtaining documents through an Open Records Act request.

Scarlett Perry and Dawna King were fired earlier this month. According to state records, the illicit encounters sometimes happened in a janitorial closet during the employees' breaks.

The investigation began when the Franklin County Regional Jail intercepted a sexually graphic letter from the inmate to Perry.

The inmate's name was deleted from records because he is considered a victim of a possible crime.

A third Housing, Buildings and Construction Department employee, Benjamin Lawyer, was suspended for five days for failing to properly supervise the inmate and allowing him access to pornographic material that he viewed at work.

The reports also noted allegations that moonshine was repeatedly brought to the department and that department workers improperly sold copper fittings that plumbers used when taking exams.

The inspector general's office did not substantiate the moonshine allegations. It did make recommendations regarding the plumbing materials, including logging cash from the sales and documenting all purchases made with that cash.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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