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Hearing continued for former corrections officer
Thursday, December 8, 2011
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
Rachelle A. Thompson, 47, of Philipsburg, accused of having an affair with an inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale when she was employed there, had her preliminary hearing continued until Jan. 18.
Thompson is charged with three counts of institutional sexual assault, weapons or implements for escape, telecommunication devices to inmates prohibited, money to inmates prohibited and two counts of harassment.
According to a police report, Thompson was a staff member at SCI Houtzdale and is accused of having a sexual relationship with a prisoner and providing him with a cell phone, money and information on other staff members.
According to police, on Sept. 11, corrections officers reported finding cell phones when they conducted a search of a prison cell.
The inmates living in the cell were Jason Campbell, 30, and Maurice Carter, 25, and both admitted the cell phones belonged to them.
When they were interviewed, the men claimed that Thompson was having sexual relations with Campbell and had brought them the cell phones. She also on separate occasions provided Campbell with money and information on other prison staff members, which Campbell used to make threats against them.
State troopers interviewed Thompson who admitted having sex with Campbell and providing him with a cell phone.
Carter, 25, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Michael Rudella on charges of weapons or implements for escape; possession of telecommunication devices by inmates prohibited.
Campbell also had his preliminary hearing continued.
According to Assistant District Attorney Beau Grove, there are some immunity issues concerning Campbell so the hearing could not proceed at this time. Grove said Campbell wants to ensure he won't serve any additional time in jail for testifying against Thompson and the matter has to be resolved by the Commonwealth Courts before the case can move forward.
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