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Oregon Prison Guard Guilty of Contraband Smuggling

On March 21, 2011, former Oregon prison guard Tara Martinmaas, 34, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of supplying contraband. She was sentenced to a two-year term of probation and ordered to pay over $1,500 in fees and have no contact with Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) facilities or prisoners.

Martinmaas was hired by the ODOC in 2007 and worked at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP). She was accused of smuggling tobacco into the prison between September and November 2010 for a prisoner with whom she had a romantic relationship.

A misdemeanor custodial sexual misconduct charge for “sexual touching” – intercourse is a felony under state law, everything else is a misdemeanor – was dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Thus, Martinmaas will not have to register as a sex offender.

Source: The Statesman Journal

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