Steve Terrell March 30, 2001, Friday Copyright 2001 New Mexican, Inc. The Santa Fe New Mexican March 30, 2001, Friday
(SANTA FE, N.M.) - Inmate claims she and guard had sex on several occasions in 1999 and 2000
State police are investigating a female inmate's allegations that a former state-penitentiary guard supervisor had sex with her while she was being held at the Santa Fe prison in 1999 and 2000, police said Thursday.
According to court documents, police Monday took a blood sample from the former corrections officer -- who left the state Corrections Department last year after police started their investigation.
The state Crime Lab will compare the suspect's DNA from the blood sample with suspected semen, preserved by the female inmate on a paper towel.
Police said Thursday the suspect has not been arrested or charged with any crime. The suspect does not have a listed telephone number and could not be reached for comment.
According to an affidavit by state police Agent Eugene Bess, filed Thursday in state district court, the relationship between the guard and the prisoner began with simple flirtation at the penitentiary's South Facility.
The inmate told investigators the flirting "progressed." One night in December 1999, the woman told police, the corrections officer came to her cell window, saying he wanted to watch her masturbate.
Later, she told police, the guard gave her a "big hot-pink vibrator."
The sexual incidents continued. One night, she said, the guard went into her cell while she was asleep and began kissing her, waking her up, then penetrating her with his fingers.
Several times during the relationship, there were close calls in which the two were almost caught in the act by other correction officers, the woman told police.
On Feb. 21, 2000, the guard told the inmate to go to the operations area, she told police. There, with country music playing in the background, she said, he instructed her to have oral sex with him. It was during this encounter that she was able to preserve a sample of his semen sample.
A few days later, the woman told police, the guard told her to "go to operations at 6:30 p.m., and for her to look pretty." He was waiting in the room for her.
About five minutes after she arrived, another guard began to enter the operations area. The suspect approached the guard before he could enter.
When the woman returned to her cell, another female inmate told her she had overheard another guard talking about the close call.
The next day, a female inmate told prison guards the victim had a vibrator. Guards searched her cell and found the device hidden in a Walt Disney trivia game.
Meanwhile, the female inmate who had informed guards about the vibrator also told them the victim had preserved the semen for evidence. Police were able to seize the paper towel, which had been stored in a plastic bag.
The police investigator's interviews with other prison personnel verified that the victim was missing from her cell after 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24, 2000, and that a guard looking for the suspect found him in an office in the operations area with the female inmate.
Corrections spokesman Gerges Scott said the guard's last day of employment at the department was March 29, 2000. He said he could not say whether he had resigned or been fired.
The state-police investigation was dormant until Bess took over the case earlier this month.
Bess said he did not know when the Crime Lab results would have results in testing the semen and blood samples.