|Kitchen staff accused of sex with inmates|
|By Metro West Daily News|
Mass. authorities said last week they are investigating allegations kitchen workers at State Police headquarters had sex with female inmates at the facility.
State Police and state Department of Correction officials declined comment on the investigation, but did confirm they are looking into claims kitchen workers had sex with female inmates who were employed at the police headquarters as part of a work release program.
"We can't get into the details of the matter," said Trooper Thomas Ryan, a state police spokesman.
The kitchen workers have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, Ryan said.
The work release crew was made up of female inmates at the South Middlesex Correctional Center on Western Avenue. DOC spokesman Justin Lantini said he did not know if inmates from that facility are presently assigned to the Rte. 9 headquarters.
Katie Ford, spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Public Safety (EOPS), did not return a call seeking comment. EOPS oversees the state police.
"The question is whether the people who were accused of unlawful sex with the women in Framingham are correctional staff," said Peter Costanza, an attorney with Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services (MCLS).
MCLS provides civil legal services to people incarcerated in the state's prisons and jails.
In the wake of sexual and physical abuse of female prisoners at the Suffolk County House of Correction at South Bay during the 1990s, the Legislature made it a crime for penal and correctional staff to have sex with inmates.
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