Troopers: Corrections trainee had sex with inmate

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TOWN OF MARCY — A state corrections officer trainee has since been terminated from the job after law enforcers said she had a sexual relationship with an inmate at the Marcy Correctional Facility.

State police said Stephanie L. Sampson, 30, of Utica, provided alcohol to the inmate and engaged in a sexual relationship after getting hired at the prison in early March. Following an investigation, Sampson was taken into custody on Sept. 8.

Sampson is charged with one count each of third-degree rape, a class E felony, official misconduct and promotion of prison contraband, authorities said.

She was arraigned in court and is scheduled to reappear.

According to state records, Sampson was hired as a trainee on March 5, and her starting salary was $42,695.

State officials said Sampson has since been terminated from the job.

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