Chris Frink March 13, 2001, Tuesday Metro Edition Copyright 2001 Capital City Press The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA.) March 13, 2001, Tuesday Metro Edition
(PORT ALLEN, La.) -- West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Randall Andre fired a correctional officer last week after he discovered that she had been visiting an inmate in state prison.
The relationship surfaced last week after Cornel Lewis, 39, a Hunt Correctional Center inmate, walked away March 5 from a work detail at the Department of Corrections headquarters in Baton Rouge, Andre said.
Cornel had the West Baton Rouge deputy listed as the person to contact in case of an emergency.
They also found her name on his visitor list and saw she had deposited money into his inmate account, Andre said.
"They asked if she might have had something to do with his escape, but she was working that day," he said.
Cornel surrendered to police the same night he escaped.
Andre declined to name the woman, but said she had worked for him since 1997.
Fraternizing with a convicted felon is against Sheriff's Office rules and regulations, Andre said.
"I think there's state law against it, too. If you're going to fraternize with convicts in a state prison, what are you going to do in my jail," Andre said.
Andre and his prison warden fired the woman in the middle of last week, he said.