A female prison food worker in Michigan was axed Wednesday after being caught having sex with an inmate in a kitchen cooler.
The Trinity Services Group employee was let go for “over-familiarity,” and could face criminal charges, Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz told the Detroit Free Press.
The encounter took place at the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson. It’s usually a way station for inmates, who end up at a different facility.
Gautz said the employee’s actions were “serious and completely unacceptable” because it “jeopardizes the safety of the prisoner, our staff and the security of the facility.”
“The individual was immediately removed from the facility and will no longer be allowed to work at the prison,” he told the Free Press.
The inmate, who is 40, is serving a 5- to 15-year sentence for robbery, according to the newspaper.
“Prisoners have no ability under the law to consent to sexual contact,” Gautz told the newspaper.
It will be up to the Michigan State Police and the local prosecutor to determine whether criminal charges will follow, he said.
A Trinity Services Group employee had been dismissed in September at the same location after she was caught kissing an inmate, also in a kitchen cooler, according to the Free Press.
Four female prison food workers were fired in 2014 following similiar incidents in a walk-in cooler at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia, the newspaper reported. Those workers were employed by Aramark Correctional Services, according to the paper.