Charges of rape, conspiring to smuggle marijuana and misconduct have been filed against one Rikers Island correction officer who said she was tricked into romance with an inmate.
Nicole Bartley, a probationary correction officer, was charged Sunday, becoming the 26th Rikers officer to be charged since a corruption probe was launched in 2014, Department of Investigations Commissioner Mark Peters said in a statement referenced by the New York Daily News.
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“I, Nicole, being a fool, had my guard down to this man I thought [I] was falling in love with,” she said, according to the criminal complaint quoted in the Daily News article. “I was in love with him. He used me and played me for a fool. I had sex with him on one occasion in the jail a few days before Jan. 30,” she added, admitting that she also agreed to provide him with marijuana.
According to New York state law, inmates cannot consent to having sex inside the facility, which led to Bartley being charged with third-degree rape, NBC reported. Though authorities did not find drugs on her, they found approximately 70 grams of marijuana at her home.
"This case involving sex for drugs puts on full display the dangers of corruption in our city's jails, and the connection between the drugs, inappropriate relationships and violence that pervade the system," Commissioner Peters was quoted by NBC.
Bartley was released on $1,000 bail and faces up to four years in prison, according to the Daily News.
She has been suspended from her position, NBC added.