LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — For the second time in less than a week, a former Blackburn Correctional Complex employee has been charged with raping an inmate.
The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1cPhea3 ) reports the Kentucky Department of Corrections said 48-year-old Bernadette Luttrell is accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate from May until she resigned in June from the department. Luttrell is charged with third-degree rape and first- and second-degree official misconduct.
The agency said Luttrell was a production coordinator at Blackburn, working in the prison's mattress plant. She joined the department in 1998 and became an office coordinator with Kentucky Correctional Industries, a division of the department, in 2007.
Corrections officials said Blackburn opened an internal investigation June 24.
Another former Blackburn worker, 37-year-old Jennifer Wiseman, was charged last week with rape and official misconduct and pleaded not guilty.