A female prison officer has been sacked after allegedly having a secret sex romp with an inmate.
47-year-old Karen Payton, who worked at Mecklenburg County Detention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, was fired on Tuesday after warrants were issued for her arrest.
Payton, also known as Karen Goldberg, was then arrested on three felony counts of engaging in a sex act with an inmate and a misdemeanour count of providing tobacco to an inmate.
Both charges are alleged to relate to the same inmate.
Her bond was set at $2,000 (£1,470) and jail records indicate that she is no longer locked up.
Sheriff Garry McFadden said in a statement: "There is no place for this type of conduct or behaviour in our detention facilities or agency.
"We face too many daily challenges here at MCSO to allow such behaviour and activity to continue that could compromise the safety and security of our staff and our residents.
"Officer Payton’s actions are not a reflection of the professionalism and high standards required by all staff at MCSO."
Officials from the Sheriff's department have said that they cannot provide any more details as it is an ongoing criminal investigation.
It is unclear whether Payton has hired an attorney to make a statement on her behalf.
It has been a tricky few months for Sheriff McFadden, with Payton being at least the fifth member of his staff to be fired in as many months. She is also the second female prison officer to be sacked during that time.
According to local publication the Charlotte Observer, allegations against prison staff have ranged from fights with inmates to driving while under the influence arrest.
The Sheriff was forced to fire an officer, 28-year-old Kyle Harris, in June following charges of an alleged sexual assault of a transgender prisoner.
The publication has also said that at least three prisoners have died at Mecklenburg County Detention Center this year.
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