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Correction officer at Westville charged with official misconduct and trafficking

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A correction officer at the Westville Correctional Facility was arrested Monday on charges of official misconduct and trafficking, the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) said.

According to a statement released today, at 5:30 a.m. Mary Martin, 51, reported for work at the start of her shift and--as is the case for everyone entering the facility--she and her personal property were searched. Then her vehicle was searched and, following an interview with Internal Affairs, she was taken into custody and transported to LaPorte County Jail, DOC.

DOC did not specify what item Martin is accused of trafficking except to say that it “did not involve substance.”

Martin was hired in December 2007.

Official misconduct is a Class D felony punishable by a term of six months to three years; trafficking, a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a term of up to a year.

“The incident is still under investigation by the facility’s Internal Affairs Department to determine what charges or internal disciplinary action may be taken with the offender(s) allegedly involved,” DOC said.

“When our staff fails to do the right thing,” Superintendent Mark Levenhagen said, “we hold them accountable for their actions. One employee can jeopardize the safety of everyone inside the facility, including their co-workers, and that behavior is simply not tolerated.”

“The vast majority of the thousands of correctional staff are dedicated to performing their duties in a safe and professional manner,” DOC Commissioner Bruce Lemmon said. “However, when one fails, we will hold them accountable to the public.”


Posted 11/5/2013