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.”