Former Kentucky corrections officer facing rape, sodomy charges

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by Bethanni Williams / WHAS 11

khou.com

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

LOUISVILLE -- A former Kentucky corrections officer is facing serious charges of rape, sodomy and official misconduct.

Investigators say Samantha Verner had sex with a parolee and abused her power.

Verner was a corrections officer at the Kentucky State Reformatory in Lagrange where the victim was serving time.

The investigation started when the former inmate showed officials nude pictures that Verner sent him.

The former inmate says she threatened to have him put back in prison if the relationship didn't continue.

A spokesman with the ACLU says even if both parties agree to the physical relationship it's not consensual.

Kentucky law says that it's a felony offense for correctional officers to have sex with an inmate.

Verner was dismissed from the department last month.

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