Corrections Officer Arrested

In Connection With Inmate's Escape

By Associated Press

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Bonnie M. Wells

A Mount Olive Correctional Complex officer has been arrested for allegedly allowing a work crew inmate to escape. Thirty-five-year-old Clarissa D. Johnson of Summersville was arrested this morning on her way in to work.

State Police say Johnson's duties included driving the work crew inmates to the Division of Highways office in Oak Hill and then supervising them.

Robert Brady, one of the inmates in the minimum security program, escaped November 29th and is still at large.

State Police Sergeant Bill Scott says Johnson knew about Brady's plan to escape and did nothing to stop him and even had contact with him after he left the Fayette County prison's grounds. Scott says Johnson and Brady had some sort of relationship, but he didn't know the extent of it.

Permitting the escape of a convicted felon is a felony and carries a 1 to 5-year prison sentence. Johnson could not be reached for comment. A message left on a home answering machine was not immediately returned.

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