A former Blackburn Correctional Complex employee who worked in the mattress plant at the prison in Fayette County has been arrested on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with an inmate.
Bernadette Luttrell, 48, was being held Tuesday at the Casey County jail on charges of third-degree rape, and first-degree and second-degree official misconduct.
Luttrell is alleged to have had a sexual relationship with an inmate from May until she resigned from the state Department of Corrections in June, according to a news release from the Kentucky Department of Corrections.
The case against Luttrell comes less than a week after another former worker at Blackburn, Jennifer Wiseman, also was charged with having a sexual relationship with an inmate.
Luttrell joined the state corrections department in 1998. She became an office coordinator with Kentucky Correctional Industries, a division of the department, in 2007.
According to the department, she was a production coordinator at Blackburn, working in the prison's mattress plant.
Corrections officials said Blackburn authorities began an internal investigation into the case June 24.
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