- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A former Alabama corrections officer is facing a felony ethics charge after officials say he accepted money from undercover officers in exchange for promoting illegal contraband inside a state prison.

Rayshawn Blackmon, 30, was arrested last week at a Montgomery Wal-Mart after accepting $1,000 from an undercover officer, according to court records. Blackmon is charged with using his position for personal gain.

According to his arrest affidavit, a Kilby Correctional Facility inmate told Blackmon to pick up $1,000 from his “guy” outside the prison. Blackmon then made contact with an undercover officer, who arranged to meet him at the Wal-Mart to hand over the money.

Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said Tuesday Blackmon is charged with accepting the money in exchange for “promoting illegal contraband” inside the prison. He didn’t say what the contraband was or what prompted the investigation.

Horton said Blackmon resigned after his arrest.

When asked if Blackmon was suspected of taking money from inmates on previous occasions, Horton declined to answer, citing an ongoing investigation.

Blackmon is out on bail after posting the $10,000 bond last week. It’s not clear from court records if he has an attorney.

Under the state’s code of Ethics for public officials and employees, use of office or position for personal gain is classified as a Class B felony. If convicted, Blackmon could face a maximum penalty to two to 20 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines.

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