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ACI officer charged with having sex with inmates

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ACI correctional officer Collins Umoh

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A veteran correctional officer at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston has been arrested and charged with having sexual relations with three female inmates on several occasions over the course of a year.

Collins Umoh, 40, of Warwick, was arraigned Tuesday on seven felony counts of correctional employees – sexual relations with inmates, according to Rhode Island State Police.

The alleged incidents took place at the Gloria McDonald Women’s Facility between July 2017 and August 2018.

Police said Umoh was placed on administrative leave after the allegations surfaced in August.

“This agency has no higher priority than running safe, secure and constitutional facilities,” R.I. Department of Corrections Director Patricia Coyne-Fague said in a statement Wednesday. “The protection of ACI inmates from sexual misconduct is something we take particularly seriously. Anyone involved in sexual misconduct will face significant consequences.”

The investigation was conducted by the state police Major Crimes Unit and RIDOC’s Office of Internal Affairs.

Umoh has been a correctional officer for 11 years, according to police. He was released on $20,000 personal recognizance following his arraignment.

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