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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- For the second time in less than a week, a former Blackburn Correctional Complex employee has been charged with raping an inmate.
The Kentucky Department of Corrections said 48-year-old Bernadette Luttrell is accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate from May until June when she resigned from the department. Luttrell is charged with third-degree rape and first- and second-degree official misconduct.
The agency said Luttrell was a production coordinator at Blackburn, working in the prison's mattress plant. She joined the department in 1998 and became an office coordinator with Kentucky Correctional Industries, a division of the department, in 2007.
Corrections officials said Blackburn opened an internal investigation June 24.
Another former Blackburn worker, 37-year-old Jennifer Wiseman, was charged last week with rape and official misconduct and pleaded not guilty.
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