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Rockingham County jail guard under investigation for smuggling contraband to inmate
Investigators have not yet revealed the identity of the corrections officer, or the forbidden material delivered to the inmate.
“At this point in the investigation, we are seeing whether there was anyone else involved,” Sheriff’s Major Darin Melanson said on Wednesday. “There was a corrections officer bringing in prohibited articles to at least one inmate.”
No charges have been filed at this point. The officer was relieved on duty and remains suspended.
Melanson said that investigators at the sheriff’s department have been working with the Department of Corrections and the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office on the month-long probe. The investigation is not the first time a Rockingham County corrections officer came under scrutiny for smuggling contraband on behalf of an inmate.
Ann Marie Nelson, 55, of Chester was sentenced on Monday to 3 to 6 years in state prison. She pleaded guilty to charges that she stolen roughly $37,000 by padding her husband’s paycheck with overtime he never worked between 2012 and 2013. Nelson’s husband, Keith, worked as a corrections officer, but was not charged. Investigators said he had no knowledge of the thefts.
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