- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) - A former Barnstable County jail guard has been cleared of charges that she had sex with an inmate.

Megan Patterson, a 17-year veteran of the staff before she resigned, was acquitted Thursday in Barnstable Superior Court of having a sexual relationship with the inmate between June 2012 and June 2013. State law specifically bars correctional officers from having sex with detainees.

The Cape Cod Times (https://bit.ly/1MtLjgg ) reports that the inmate himself was the only one to testify that the two had sex. Jail employees said although Patterson and the inmate were alone together, they did not witness sex. Prosecutors also said the two exchanged hundreds of sexually charged Facebook messages after the prisoner’s release.

Patterson’s lawyer said his client feels “vindicated” and is eager to get on with her life.


Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, https://www.capecodonline.com

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