Former Clinton Correctional Facility employee arrested for inappropriate conduct with inmate

An employee leaves the Clinton Correctional Facility, Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in Dannemora, N.Y. Search teams are back in the woods of northern New York looking for two convicted murderers who broke out of the maximum-security prison a week and a half ago. More than 800 law enforcement officers are in the 12th day of searching for David Sweat and Richard Matt. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (WFFF/WVNY) – New York State Police announced Wednesday troopers arrested a former Clinton Correctional Facility employee following inappropriate conduct with an inmate.

Police say Denise Prell, 38, of Peru, New York was arrested after a criminal investigation involving several agencies.

Police say Prell committed the crimes while working as a civilian employee at the Clinton Correctional Facility.

She’s accused of prohibited conduct with an inmate at the facility.

According to a media release, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision initiated the investigation after a correction officer observed inappropriate behavior between Prell and an inmate. She was subsequently terminated.

As the investigation continued, DOCCS uncovered additional potential criminal misconduct by Prell and requested State Police assistance.

This combined investigation between DOCCS and State Police resulted in the charges filed so far.

Police say the investigation is continuing and additional charges are anticipated.

Prell is currently facing charges for Promoting Prison Contraband 1st degree, a class D felony, Official Misconduct (23 counts), a class A misdemeanor, and Sexual Abuse 3rd degree, a class B misdemeanor.

She was arraigned before the Town of Beekmantown Court and committed to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $25,000 bond.

Prell is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Beekmantown Court on October 18, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.

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