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Ex-Guard Charged with Sexual Contact with Inmate

CBS DC

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Howard County police are charging a former correctional officer with having sexual contact with an inmate.

Police say 40-year-old Gregory Kirk was arrested Friday at his Owings Mills home.

Howard County Detention Center Director Jack Kavanagh contacted police last month to report an allegation that Kirk, a former correctional officer may have had sexual contact with an inmate. Kirk had been terminated previously for unrelated administrative issues.

Police say Kirk is accused of engaging in sexual activity with the female inmate in a cell.

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Del. Correctional Officer Accused Of Having Sexual Relations With Inmates

CBS Philly

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Police say they’ve charged a correctional officer with having sexual relations with inmates at the Sussex Correctional Institution Boot Camp Program.

Police announced Wednesday that a 19-year-old inmate reported that she had had sex with Christopher Peck, a correctional officer at the Georgetown facility. Police say investigators learned that he also had sexual relations with two other inmates, aged 27 and 28, on 11 occasions dating back to July.

Thirty-nine-year-old Peck was arrested at his Felton home and charged with 11 counts of sexual relations in a detention facility. He is being held on $22,000 secured bond.

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California Prisons To Hire Thousands Of Officers As Retirements Surge

CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — With the number of retirements on the rise, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is looking to hire thousands of officers over the next three years, despite a lower prison population.

Over the past two years, the prison population in California has decreased by 25,000 as more offenders are sent to local jails. The prison system, however, is experiencing a higher than normal retirement rate of 1,800 a year.

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“So we anticipate over the next three years we’ll need to replace approximately 7,000 officers,” Dana Simas, spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told KCBS.

The application process for a correctional officer can take between nine and 12 months Simas said. A psychological evaluation, pre-employment medical examination and background investigation are part of the process.

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Memphis Officers Help Grandfather Keep Holiday Tradition

WREG.com

(Memphis) Police officers spent the cold Saturday outside, helping a Memphis grandfather get ready for the holidays.

Every year for the last 22 years Clayton Warling decorates his Berclair home for Christmas.

His Durbin Avenue yard is like no other.

This year a Ferris wheel, a carousel, even a roller coaster driven by Santa will be out front.

Warling says he does it all for the kids.

“What about your MLGW bill during this time of year?” asked WREG’s Elise Preston.

“Oh it’s not fun! Not fun!” replied Warling.

But as much as he loves spreading holiday cheer, Warling says he’s gotten too old to run around and do everything by himself.

So he tried to stop the tradition, but Memphis police officers who patrol his neighborhood wouldn’t let him.

“They said you are going to continue doing this,” said Warling.

They are helping him do just that, Memphis officers…

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