An Idaho corrections officer allegedly had sex with an inmate in the prison hair parlor and smuggled nude images into the maximum security detention facility where she worked, authorities said.
Miranda Ackerman turned herself into Ada County authorities on Friday, county jail records show.
She was charged with felony sexual contact with an inmate. The 29-year-old was also slapped with an additional misdemeanor charge of unlawfully possessing or introducing contraband.
County detectives began investigating Ackerman earlier this year after being contacted by Idaho Department of Correction officials, according to a sheriff’s press release.
Ackmerman and her incarcerated paramour allegedly engaged in sexual relations in the area where prisoners receive haircuts.
“They developed evidence [that] Ackerman, who was working as a correctional officer at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, had illegal sexual contact on more than one occasion with a male inmate who was working in the area of the prison where inmates get their hair cut,” Patrick Orr, a public information officer for Ada County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement sent to Oxygen.com.
The alleged sexual relations occurred between Feb. 9 and March 9, authorities said.
Ackerman is also accused of sneaking “explicit” and “erotic” images of herself into the prison, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Oxygen.com.
“Detectives also developed evidence Ackerman gave the inmate explicit photos,” Orr added.
Ackerman resigned from her position at the prison on April 3, according to the Idaho Department of Correction. She was first hired as a correctional officer in late 2016. A spokesperson for the department declined to comment on the accusations and ongoing investigation.
“IDOC does not comment on personnel matters,” Jeff Ray, a public information officer for the Idaho Department of Correction, told Oxygen.com by email.
Ackerman went by Miranda Jefferds during her roughly three-year stint as correctional officer, the department added.
A warrant was issued for the former correctional officer’s arrest by Ada County prosecutors last Thursday. Ackerman was later released from custody on her own recognizance. She was arraigned on Tuesday. A judge also enforced a no-contact order that prohibits Ackerman from coming within 100 feet of her former inmate lover. Oxygen.com has withheld the inmate’s name for privacy reasons.
Oxygen.com was unable to reach Ackerman for comment. Katelyn Margueritte Farley, her public defender, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday afternoon.
Ackerman faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted on the felony charge of having sexual contact with an inmate, prosecutors said. She could also be fined $1,000 and face a maximum of one additional year behind bars if found guilty of the misdemeanor contraband charge.
She is scheduled to appear back at an Ada County courthouse in Boise for a preliminary hearing on June 29 at 8:30 a.m., court records show.
Ackerman, who resides in Nampa, Idaho, law enforcement said, doesn’t appear to have any past criminal record, apart from a lone speeding ticket in 2019, additional court records show.
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