A civilian employee with the Cayuga Correctional Facility in Moravia has been accused of smuggling drugs to an inmate and having sexual relations with an inmate, New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations announced Friday.
Margaret A. Jones, 38, of Binghamton, allegedly had sexual intercourse with an inmate repeatedly over a period of months. She also smuggled marijuana into the facility for the inmate, officials said in a release.
Jones was an office assistant for the correctional facility, whose salary was $29,842. She was hired back in April 2014. She has been suspended without pay.
The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Auburn and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Office of Special Investigations conducted the joint investigation and arrested Jones on May 19.
Jones was charged with third-degree rape, official misconduct, second-degree promoting prison contraband and unlawful possession of marijuana. She was arraigned in the Town of Owasco Court and remanded to the Cayuga County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
Because they are in custody, inmates in New York state are legally incapable of consenting to sexual activity with prison staff.