AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Airway Heights Police confirm an employee has "voluntarily resigned" at the Airway Heights Corrections Center after she was contacted about having inappropriate behavior with an inmate. The employee worked as a sex therapist in the Sex Offender Treatment Program and assisted sex offenders in their treatment related to the crime they commit.
Airway Heights Corrections Center Spokeswoman Risa Klemme said when the event took place the staff member who witnessed the behavior notified her superiors and the investigation was eventually turned over to the Airway Heights PD.
The staff member noticed the accused employee and offender were still in the building and it wasn't long before she located them in a room by themselves. Klemme said the Department of Corrections has zero tolerance for this type of activity and added in this case the sex offender is the victim.
Klemme said the state of Washington has had laws on the books since 1999 barring this behavior and in 2003 President George W. Bush passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act.The incident occurred Thursday, April 11th, at 4:10 in the afternoon.
The Airway Heights Police were called to the Corrections Center and they are solely leading this investigation. It is possible charges are on the way, but the police say it may take them until next week before they pass of recommendations on charges off to the prosecutor.
KHQ Local News Reporter Alex Rozier is working on this story and will have more as it develops.