VCSO: Former corrections officer accused of sexual relationship with inmate
Megan Lynch, 27, resigned from position in June, deputies say
PORT ORANGE, Fla. – A former Volusia County correctional officer was arrested Thursday evening after she was accused of having a sexual relationship with a female inmate, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.
Megan Lynch, 27, resigned from her position in June after the allegations surfaced, deputies said.
Lynch and the female inmate, 26, both admitted to the relationship, according to the VCSO, with the inmate even saying it was consensual and a mutual attraction, but sexual contact of any kind between a detention facility employee and an inmate is considered a criminal offense under Florida law.
Deputies said the investigation revealed that other inmates played a part in the misconduct. They were used to pass notes between Lynch and the inmate, according to the report. At least one other inmate kept lookout while the two were together in various locations of the jail.
On one occasion, Lynch was seen watching the inmate shower in what was described as "an act of voyeurism," according to the report. Deputies said Lynch kissed the inmate through a lockdown door on another occasion. Authorities said Lynch would even come in on days off to see the inmate.
Deputies said notes were found in the inmate’s cell during a routine search in May, but the inmate covered for Lynch by telling the staff the notes were from another inmate.
Deputies said that soon after, another inmate disclosed their relationship, causing officials to launch an internal investigation.
In October, the Sheriff’s Office conducted a criminal investigation, which included the reviewing of more than 450 phone calls that the inmate made to Lynch, in which one of them Lynch said, "I understand that somewhere we crossed the line,” according to the Sheriff's Office.
Lynch was arrested at a residence in Port Orange around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after detectives obtained a warrant charging her with sexual misconduct by a correctional officer, which is a third-degree felony, according to the report. Arrangements have been made to book her into the Flagler County Detention Facility, where deputies said she will be held on $10,000 bond.
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