Kansas prison employee charged with having sex with inmate

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Authorities have charged a 31-year-old Kansas prison employee with having unlawful sexual relations with an inmate. 

Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett said in a release that Jennifer Stevenson, of Otis, is charged with one felony count of unlawful sexual relations. He said the alleged incident(s) happened at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility during August and September of 2018. 

Under Kansas law it is a Severity Level 5 person felony for DOC employees or contractors to engage in any form of sexual activity with an inmate, McNett said.

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“The Kansas Department of Corrections has a zero tolerance on issues of this nature,” said Donald Langford, Warden of LCMHF. “It unfairly discredits the professional demeanor and behavior of other staff members.”

If convicted, Stevenson faces between 31 months and 130 months in prison, depending on her criminal history. 

She has been released from jail pending her preliminary hearing next week. 

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