The first guard caught in the snare of Oregons new law criminalizing sex with prisoners is a 36 year old mother of three. The judge called the case a tragedy, as he sentenced the 11-year veteran prison employee to 32 months in prison.
The law, which makes it a felony for any prison employee to engage in sexual intercourse with prisoners, became effective July 13, 2005 [PLN, Feb. 2006, pg. 23].
Rebecca McLauchlin was indicted on 16 criminal charges for a summer 2005, relationship with Cory Ogden, a prisoner at the Oregon State Penitentiary.
Those charges included custodial sexual misconduct, official misconduct, and bribery for engaging in sexual intercourse with Ogden and supplying him with tobacco in exchange for a least $200.
McLauchlin remained free on bail until she was arrested on April 9, 2006 for violating terms of her release agreement, when prison officials intercepted telephone calls between McLauchlin and Ogden.
On April 25, 2006, McLauchlin pleaded guilty to seven counts, including four counts of custodial sexual misconduct, indicating at least four separate sexual encounters. Under Oregon Law, McLauchlin must serve 25.6 months of her sentence.
The quick resolution of this case speaks volumes about the accountability and transparency of our agency and how seriously we accept our responsibility to Oregon Citizens, said Oregon Department of Corrections Director Max Williams. We hope that Oregonians look beyond the transgressions of an individual to the good work our 4,000 employees perform daily to promote public safety.
Source: Statesman Journal
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