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DOC officer accused of sexual contact with an inmate

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A Benton County Corrections Officer is arrested and fired. After a two month investigation by Benton County Detectives, Greg Brown is facing the charge of second degree custodial sexual misconduct.

In court papers Benton County Detectives say a relationship between 38 year old Brown and a work crew inmate began in early January 2009. Brown was a work crew supervisor when he was involved with the then inmate.

Deputies say the sexual encounter happened in a bathroom. Brown was on duty and supervising the inmate at the time.

While in jail the inmate sent a letter to a friend saying she had sexual contact with a corrections officer. The letter was returned and reviewed by officers.

Prosecuting Attorney, Andy Miller said, "The legislature made a decision that an inmate doesn't really have a true choice whether or not to consent to sexual intercourse or sexual consent with a supervising corrections officer and it was because of that it was a crime. "

Brown worked as a Benton County Corrections Officer for 11 years; until May 4th when the letter was found. He was suspended with pay during the investigation, then fired. If Brown is found guilty he could serve up to a year in jail.

Read the court documents here.