Custody officer accused of official misconduct, trafficking

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Courtesy: Indiana Dept. of Correction

BRANCHVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A custody officer at the Branchville Correctional Facility is accused of official misconduct and trafficking with an inmate.

Marrisa Swimm, 24, was arrested Monday following an investigation that began back in August.

Swimm was transported to the Perry County Jail.

Trafficking in a correctional facility environment is defined as the act of buying or selling of illegal substances or substances which may be legal but are not permitted in a correctional environment, such as the sale or trade of tobacco products. Authorities did not state what substances Swimm is accused of buying or selling.

“It is our job to ensure staff remain professional at all times. We will not tolerate staff misconduct or any attempts to bring contraband into the facility,” said Warden Kathy Alvey. In response to being notified of the arrest, Warden Alvey commented, “Branchville’s office of Investigation and Intelligence did outstanding work in bringing this officer to justice. Branchville will continue to keep our staff, offenders and community safe.”

Swimm began working for the Indiana Department of Correction as a custody officer on October 29, 2018.

The investigation was started and completed internally by the Indiana Department of Correction, resulting in Swimm’s arrest.

She’s been placed on suspension with outpay pending the outcome of the investigation.

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(This story was originally published on December 2, 2019)

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