Female prison worker arrested for sleeping 'multiple times' with inmate in utility closet, recreation yard

By AdvocateNews on 31/07/2022

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The suspect, Kayla Bergom, 27
The suspect, Kayla Bergom, 27

A female employee at an Iowa prison has been arrested after allegedly having sex with an inmate multiple times over the course of seven months.

Kayla Bergom, 27, is facing three counts of sexual misconduct for engaging in sexual activity with the unidientified inmate, 29, while she worked at the Tama County Jail.

The fling occured between September 2020 and April 2021, and they had sex in a utility closet on at least one occasion and in the recreation yard at least twice, The Gazette reported.

Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera told The Gazette that Bergom had worked for the jail for three years prior to her resignation and was charged in May.

Her trial is set to take place on August 12. The former jail employee, who has pleaded not guilty, is facing up to six years of jail.

It's unclear whether the inmate is still behind bars, but The Gazette reported that Bergom had sex with him several times while he was an inmate between September 2020 and April 2021.

'Federal law makes it illegal for prison guards to have sex with incarcerated people. This is because incarcerated people cannot legally give consent,' according to non-profit think tank Interrogating Justice.

'If a prison guard has sex with an incarcerated person, the guard can face up to 15 years in prison,' it added.

The investigation was handled by the Iowa Divsion of Criminal Investigation after a county employee had filed a complaint. It was then concluded in March.

The ex-prison employee and the inmate are believed to have had a sex in one of the pirson's utility closets and in its recreational yard. Pictured: Tama County jail in Iowa[/caption]

Tama County Jail is a small facility that can only hold up to 30 inmates serving short sentences for up to a year, according to Templeton1.org.

Interactions between staff and inmates are believed to be direct, and the prison has medical, laundry, and kitchen services included inside of it.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, Alabama inmate Casey White was charged with the murder of his prison guard lover Vicky White after she helped him escape prison and the pair went on the run for 11 days before being caught.

Casey, 38, and the prison guard staged a well-planned escape from a Florence, Alabama, jail for what she falsely claimed was a mental health evaluation on April 29. The pair then swapped vehicles and used disguises as they made it across three states.

The pair were on the run for 11 days when Vicky White, 56, was shot dead after a police chase in Evansville, Indiana. Authorities said at the time that she shot herself in the head. Casey was immediately arrested after the chase on May 9.

Posted 31/07/2022 6:56:12 PM

 

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