New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2019 – A New York county jail employee was charged with rape and multiple other felonies for having sex with three inmates.
Jennifer Parker, 43, worked as a kitchen supervisor at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility in Canton from August 2010 until her resignation in June 2018. As head cook she managed and supervised inmates who worked in the facility’s kitchen.
Parker was accused of engaging in oral sex, sexual intercourse and various other sexual acts with three inmates. According to court documents, the alleged sexual misconduct occurred from 2011 to 2014. She was arrested following a joint investigation by the New York State Police and the Attorney General’s office.
“Rape and other sexual offenses are vigorously prosecuted in New York,” commented Peter Brill, a New York criminal defense attorney with Brill Legal Group, who is not involved with the case. “A conviction can have serious consequences including mandatory sex offender registration, which can have far-ranging impact on a person’s life long after an alleged crime has occurred. Individuals facing such charges should seek experienced legal representation.”
A St. Lawrence County grand jury indicted Parker on 16 counts including three counts of third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sexual act and second-degree promoting prison contraband. She was also charged with two counts of forcible touching and five counts of official misconduct. Each felony count carries a prison sentence of up to four years. Each misdemeanor count carries a prison sentence of up to one year.
Under New York state law, inmates are considered incapable of consent due to their incarceration. The inmates who were working at the facility were under Parker’s direct supervision and control at the time of each of the alleged sexual encounters.
Parker pleaded not guilty at her December 2018 arraignment in St. Lawrence County Court in Canton, New York. She was released to probation supervision.
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