A staff member at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women in York has been accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate.
Authorities say 46-year-old Michael Weichman of Bradshaw, Nebraska was a maintenance worker before being suspended without pay on May 5th. Another inmate had tipped off prison officials that Weichman and the woman were having sex. Weichman resigned Monday and was arrested on Wednesday.
Weichman has denied the allegation. He described his relationship with the 38-year-old inmate as playful but not sexual. She had been assigned to do maintenance work while serving time for child abuse resulting in death.
Under Nebraska law, any prison or jail worker who has sex with an inmate has committed sexual assault. “This agency places great importance on integrity and ethical behavior," said Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Director Michael Kenney. "Staff members have a responsibility to be professional with inmates at all times. This behavior will not be tolerated.”