A contraband cell phone has allegedly caught a taboo prison kiss, which cost a Rikers Island captain her job.
On the grainy cellphone video, Capt. Shantay Dash talks to an unidentified male inmate before moving in for what appears to be a kiss. The video, which was first reported by PIX11 News, was posted on a Facebook group created by current and former city Correction Department staffers, according to a report by New York Daily News. It went viral this week.
According to Complex, the kissed inmate hid the phone to capture the exchange.
Dash was with the department for a decade. Monday, she resigned from her job, a job that paid $80,000 a year, according to the New York Daily News. The majority of her pension has been relinquished after her resignation.
The cell phone video was not the first legal issue Dash faced this year. Back in January, she was arrested for smuggling a tattoo gun into jail for her apparent incarcerated female lover Robin Hamilton, according to the New York Daily News. The tattoo gun was allegedly going to be used to change a marking that tied Hamilton to a series of robberies. Her previous markings were considered court evidence. At this time, according to the New York Daily News, officials just took away Dash’s badge and gun, placing her on modified duty. She stayed on the payroll after a short suspension.
The Department of Correction did not comment on the video.
“The vast majority of Department of Correction staff perform their duties with the highest level of integrity and Commissioner (Joseph) Ponte has zero tolerance for those who don't,” the department said in a statement according to the New York Daily News.