- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) - A second Washington County jail worker accused of letting an inmate out of his cell in a maximum security unit to have sex with him has pleaded guilty.

Prosecutors said Brett Robinson, 33, opened four secured doors from the jail’s control center on six different occasions to let the prisoner into the room, where they had sex on the stairs.

Robinson resigned from her job as a jail services technician in September. An investigation into another civilian employee, Jill Curry, led to Robinson’s arrest, The Oregonian (https://bit.ly/1GMfqg7) reported,

Both separately had sex with the same inmate last spring and summer, prosecutors said. Authorities say describe the man as a gang member and sex offender with a significant criminal record.

Curry, who pleaded guilty earlier this year, was sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Robinson is to be sentenced June 2. She pleaded guilty Thursday to custodial sexual misconduct, a felony, and official misconduct, a misdemeanor, after some emotional hours in the courtroom.

At one point, at the lunch break, she walked over the prosecutors’ table and said, “If I kill myself, the blood is on your hands.”

Her lawyer, Paul Hood, had tried to use evidence for an insanity defense, to show that she suffered from depression, anxiety and delusions that led to her involvement with the inmate. But a judge found he had filed notice too late, and then he lost an emergency appeal to the Oregon Supreme Court.

On Thursday, Judge Rick Knapp ruled against allowing evidence from a defense psychologist who planned to testify that Robinson had a long history of mental health issues and that her actions with the inmate weren’t voluntary because she was delusional.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com


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