A former Benner state prison employee faces charges related to a suspected romantic relationship with an inmate at the facility.
Miranda Weaver, 31, of State College, is charged with a felony count of institutional sexual assault. Staff at the prison got an anonymous tip about a relationship between Weaver and the inmate in March, according to court documents. Staffers turned on a camera in the facility’s gymnasium equipment closet that recorded the pair kissing and notified state police, court documents indicate.
Troopers said they talked to Weaver after the incident and she said she and the inmate started the personal relationship, which eventually led to sexual intercourse in the closet “approximately five times,” late last year.
Weaver was arraigned before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker on Tuesday and released on $100,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 29.
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State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Susan Bensinger said Weaver is no longer employed by the department.