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Ex-prison employee pleads not guilty to charges over her alleged relationship with Lexington inmate

Jennifer Wiseman
Jennifer Wiseman

A former Blackburn Correctional Complex officer has been charged with rape and official misconduct over an alleged sexual relationship with an inmate.

Police allege that Jennifer Wiseman, 37, had a sexual relationship with an inmate identified as Jason Adams from July to September, according to documents filed in Fayette District Court.

Wiseman was arrested Wednesday.

She waived formal arraignment and entered a not-guilty plea through her attorney during a brief appearance Thursday afternoon before District Judge Kim Wilkie. She is scheduled to be back in court Jan. 13 at 8:30 a.m.

Wiseman worked at Blackburn from March 25 until she was dismissed on Sept. 23, according to a statement released by Blackburn. She was on her initial eight-month probationary period at the minimum security prison when she was fired, according to the statement from Blackburn.

Blackburn said its internal affairs staff investigated Wiseman's conduct, then turned information over to Kentucky State Police for possible charges.

State Corrections Department spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said Adams was serving a 14-year sentence at Blackburn on several charges out of Gallatin County ranging from manufacturing methamphetamine to second-degree burglary.

Adams has since been transferred to a medium-security prison after receiving two disciplinary write-ups that were unrelated to the Wiseman investigation, Lamb said.

According to court documents, Blackburn officials began an internal investigation after receiving an allegation that Wiseman had been seen taking Adams into a women's bathroom at the prison.

During the relationship with Wiseman, Adams had made cellphone calls to multiple numbers, including one belonging to Wiseman's young daughter, according to court filings.

Recorded conversations on Blackburn's internal phone system captured intimate and explicit conversations between Wiseman and Adams, court records show.

Wiseman was arrested Wednesday and was later released from the Fayette County jail on a $2,500 bond.

Wiseman's husband is a sergeant at the jail, according to information filed in district court.

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