Ex-prison employee from Bell County, Ky pleads guilty to rape

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PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A former Bell County Forestry Camp employee has pleaded guilty to charge of rape.

WYMT-TV in Hazard reported that Tasha Knuckles entered the plea Monday morning and prosecutors recommended a five-year probated sentence.

Kentucky State Police say Knuckles had a sexual relationship with an inmate at the prison while she worked in the canteen.

Investigators say they have more than 50 hours of phone conversations between Knuckles and the inmate.

A judge will sentence Knuckles on September 15th.

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