UPDATE: Ex-prison employee to register as sex offender

UPDATE: A Kenosha woman has been ordered to register as a sex offender after being convicted of sexual assault of an inmate at the prison where she worked.

Karina Herrera, Lisa Hawkins

UPDATED Wednesday, July 16, 2014 --- 9:31 a.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- A Kenosha woman has been ordered to register as a sex offender after being convicted of sexual assault of an inmate at the prison where she worked.

The Journal Times of Racine reports (http://bit.ly/1l3iA27 ) 41-year-old Karina Herrera and a co-worker were accused of smuggling a cellphone to an inmate at Racine Correctional Institution and performing sex acts on him. Herrera pleaded guilty last month to second-degree sexual assault by correctional staff.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Repischak says Herrera's behavior created a security risk and she should serve prison time.

But Racine County Circuit Court Judge Charles Constantine says probation and registration as a sex offender is appropriate punishment. He says Herrera has no prior criminal record and lost her job after her arrest.

Herrera says she regrets what she did.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, October 24, 2013 --- 11:36 a.m.
Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 --- 11:10 a.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- Two female prison workers who allegedly had consensual sex with a male inmate are charged with sexual assault.

A Kenosha News report (http://bit.ly/HeYUM3) says the women are both charged with second-degree sexual assault by correctional staff.

Thirty-three-year-old Lisa M. Hawkins of Salem also is charged with obstructing officers, and 40-year-old Karina Herrera of Kenosha faces an additional charge of delivering illegal articles to an inmate.

Prosecutors say Herrera gave a cellphone to an inmate, and a later review of the phone found images of the two involved in sexual activity. The criminal complaint says there's also video of Hawkins sexually involved with him.

Hawkins's defense attorney, Christopher Rose, says the case is based on circumstantial evidence, and his client will plead not guilty. Herrera's attorney did not immediately return a message.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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