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Northpoint corrections officer arrested

A corrections officer at Northpoint Training Center was arrested last week and charged with bringing contraband — 12 blue pills — onto prison property, according to an arrest citation.

Jesus Cabrera, 37, was arrested and charged at Northpoint on July 28, according to officials at the Boyle County Detention Center. He was one of the corrections officers on duty on Aug. 21, 2009, when a fiery riot broke out at the prison in Central Kentucky near Burgin.

Dianna Boyd of Lexington said Friday that Cabrera was the officer who identified her son Christopher Moberly — and numerous other inmates — as having participated in the riot. Boyd said that as a result, her son was placed in segregation and was denied parole last month. In view of Cabrera's arrest, Boyd is calling for a review of her son's parole and the punishment for his alleged participation in the riot.

"They have no proof" other than Cabrera's word, Boyd said.

Boyle County Attorney Richard Campbell said that, according to the arrest citation, Cabrera was found with 12 blue pills thought to be the prescription drug Diazepam, which is used to relieve anxiety and is a muscle relaxer.

Cabrera has pleaded not guilty to the charge and faces a preliminary court hearing Wednesday.

When he was arrested, Cabrera, of Danville, was booked into the Boyle County jail. He remains there on a $10,000 full cash bond.

Department of Corrections officials notified Cabrera of their intent to fire him at the time of his arrest, said Lisa Lamb, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

Lamb said she could not discuss the criminal charge against Cabrera.

Five of Northpoint Training Center's six dormitories were damaged in the riot. In addition, eight corrections officers and eight inmates were injured and five buildings used for food service, sanitation, visitation and canteen services were destroyed.

About 700 inmates were at Northpoint in June. In March, prison officials said that more than 170 inmates were being punished for their roles in the riot. Several have been indicted.

Boyd said her son was alleged to have been standing outside a dorm yelling at corrections officers, but she said he was yelling because other inmates were burning his belongings. She said he told prison officials he was not involved.

Boyd is among several family members who questioned the way their relatives were identified as participating in the riot.

Lamb, reached after the Department of Corrections was closed Friday, said the cases were not being reviewed "at this time" as a result of Cabrera's arrest.

The Boyle County medium-security prison will be fully rebuilt and remodeled to hold 1,256 inmates by the end of 2011 at a cost of $18.8 million, state prison officials said in June.

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