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Oklahoma News

February 8, 2014

State penitentiary officer pleads guilty to accepting bribe

A female correctional officer at Oklahoma State Penitentiary pleaded guilty of accepting a bribe and bringing contraband into the prison.

Chelsea Lynn Iniguez , 22, of Checotah, a former correctional center cadet at OSP, pleaded guilty Jan. 30 in Pittsburg County Court to one felony count of officer accepting a bribe and one misdemeanor charge of bringing contraband into a penal institution, court records state.

As a condition of the plea-agreement she is not to work at a penal institution or jail, according to court records.

Iniguez was charged in November after she allegedly admitted to an OSP chief of security that she had delivered a cell phone and drugs to an inmate, according to a court affidavit filed in the case.

Iniguez had also signed a written statement admitting to the delivery of contraband to the inmate, the affidavit alleges.

The inmate denied receiving the contraband and a search of his cell did not produce any of the contraband, according to the affidavit.

Iniguez was sentenced to four years deferred on each count to run concurrently.

Jeanne LeFlore writes for the McAlester News-Capital.

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