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S.C. Officer Pleads Guilty to Sex
By Associated Press
Published: 08/27/2001

An officer pleaded guilty last week to having sex in prison with Susan Smith, who is serving a life sentence for drowning her two sons in a lake in 1994.
Lt. Houston Cagle admitted he had sex four times with Smith between May and June 2000 at the Women's Correctional Institution in Columbia, Attorney General Charlie Condon said. Cagle will be sentenced after a counselor completes a report in the next few weeks.
Cagle, who also admitted to a sexual relationship with another inmate, pleaded guilty to two counts of intercourse with an inmate and could get up to 10 years in prison on each charge.
Investigators found out about the relationship between Cagle and Smith last summer when they were looking into a report that Smith had been beaten in prison.
While that report proved false, Smith admitted to investigators she had sex with Cagle. He was fired shortly after his arrest.
Police later arrested a second officer, Capt. Alfred R. Rowe Jr., and charged him with having sex with Smith.
The revelations that Smith had sex behind bars led to a broad investigation into prison misconduct. More than a dozen Corrections Department officers and employees have been charged with having sex with inmates or smuggling drugs since the investigation began last year.



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