A.G. Underwood Announces Indictment Of Former St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility Employee For Engaging In Sexual Misconduct With Multiple Inmates

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December 13, 2018

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A.G. UNDERWOOD ANNOUNCES INDICTMENT OF FORMER ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY EMPLOYEE FOR ENGAGING IN SEXUAL MISCONDUCT WITH MULTIPLE INMATES

Over the Course of Several Years, Jennifer Parker Allegedly Raped and Engaged in Sexual Misconduct with Multiple Inmates Who Were Directly Under Her Supervision and Control

CANTON – Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood today announced the indictment of Jennifer Parker, a former Kitchen Supervisor at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility in Canton, New York, charging her with multiple counts of Rape in the Third Degree, Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree, Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree, Forcible Touching, and Official Misconduct.

Parker was the Head Cook at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility in Canton from August 2010 until she resigned from her position in June 2018. Parker’s duties and responsibilities as Head Cook included managing and supervising both civilian employees and inmates who worked in the kitchen. Parker is charged with engaging in various sexual acts with multiple inmates who worked for her in the kitchen at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, and who, by state law, are incapable of consent, over the course of several years.

“The charges alleged in today’s indictment represent a shocking and horrifying breach of duty,” said Attorney General Underwood. “This employee used her position to take advantage of multiple individuals in her care – compromising the safety of other inmates, employees, and the public.”

A joint investigation by the Attorney General’s office and the New York State Police culminated in a sixteen-count indictment charging Parker with three felony counts of Rape in the Third Degree and five felony counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree. Each of the felony counts carry sentences of up to 4 years in state prison. The defendant was also charged with one misdemeanor count of Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree, two misdemeanor counts of Forcible Touching, and five misdemeanor counts of Official Misconduct, each carrying sentences of up to one year in jail.

According to filed documents and statements made in court today, Parker allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse, oral sex, and other sexual misconduct with three inmates, on multiple occasions, between approximately 2011 and 2014. At the time of each of the alleged sexual encounters, the inmates were committed to the care and custody of the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, and further, were under the direct supervision and control of the defendant, as each inmate worked in the kitchen at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “We have no tolerance for public employees who abuse their authority and break the law. Those who do will be held accountable. I want to thank our members and the Attorney General’s Office for their hard work and collaboration on this case.”

The defendant was arraigned today before the Honorable Jerome J. Richards in St. Lawrence County Court. The defendant pled not guilty and was released to probation supervision.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Mary Gorman of the Public Integrity Bureau, with the assistance of Senior Analyst Joseph Conniff, under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Stacy Aronowitz. The investigation is being handled by Investigator David Buske with assistance from Investigator Joel Cordone of the Investigations Bureau, with support from Supervising Investigator Richard Doyle and Deputy Bureau Chief Antoine Karam.

The Attorney General thanks the New York State Police for their valuable assistance in this investigation. The Attorney General’s office received a criminal referral from the New York State Police.

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