Earlier this week Rushville resident Shonda Campbell, 50, was arrested at her residence without incident by Rush County Deputy Doug Keith on a warrant for sexual misconduct (Level 5 Felony) and official misconduct (Level 6 Felony) out of Henry County.
According to court documents, Campbell is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse or other sexual contact with an offender who was legally detained in the New Castle Correctional Facility, where Campbell was a correctional officer at the time.
The court filings also accuse Campbell of breaching security at the New Castle Facility approximately 10 times between January and March of this year.
Under Indiana law, prison inmates are considered victims during all instances of sexual intercourse or conduct, regardless of age or consent, and as a result, the name of the offender was not be released.
An internal investigation report from the IDOC was filed as a part of the probable cause affidavit leading to Campbell’s arrest. According to that report, internal affairs at the correctional facility received information in February that an offender has posed as a “wheelchair” pusher on two different occasions in order to talk with Campbell while she was on duty. The report, further stated the offender is serving a sentence for criminal confinement, criminal deviate conduct, burglary and resisting law enforcement. His sentence lasts until November 2023.
IDOC allows inmates to have a phone account in order to call up to 20 different people, and those phone calls are recorded. Investigators checked the offenders phone records and the phone calls reportedly synchronized with Campbell’s off-duty and paid time off schedules. After reviewing the recorded phone calls, investigators alleged Campbell and the inmate were in a romantic relationship. Transcripts of the phone calls allegedly include Campbell and the offender having sex.
The offender allegedly told investigators Campbell had performed a sex act on him four times and the two had sexual intercourse two times.
Investigators also report reviewing security footage showing Campbell and the offender entering a staff restroom and storage room together while other offenders in that housing unit were secured.
The internal investigation report states an analyst of the telephone system also found two other phone numbers associated with two other IDOC offenders.
Campbell was placed on administrative leave March 15, and IDOC investigators referred the case to the Henry County Prosecutor’s Office April 8.
A formal case was opened May 31 and the court issued a warrant for Campbell’s arrest June 6.
Campbell was still detained in the Henry County Jail earlier this week and her initial court hearing was held Wednesday. Read more on the story as information is made available to the Rushville Republican.