Tuesday 27 September 2016

'Sex acts and naked photos' part of relationship between prison worker and convicted killers she helped escape

Published 29/07/2015 | 07:50

Joyce Mitchell is accused of smuggling in hardware parts to help two murderers escape from a New York prison
Joyce Mitchell is accused of smuggling in hardware parts to help two murderers escape from a New York prison
Joyce Mitchell, suspected of having smuggled contraband into the prison where convicts Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped last weekend, is arraigned in City Court in Plattsburgh, New York June 12, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Groll/Pool
The tattoos of escaped prisoners Richard Matt (top) and David Sweat are seen in a combination of undated photos released by the New York State Police in Ray Brook, New York. REUTERS/New York State Police/handout via Reuters

A prison worker who got "caught up in the fantasy" of a prison escape has told investigators her relationship with the two inmates included sex acts and naked photos.

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Joyce Mitchell, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to helping inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat escape in June.

In documents, Mitchell said once when she was alone with Matt he grabbed her and kissed her.

She admitted performing a sex act with him and fondling him. She took naked photos of herself for Sweat.

Matt was shot and killed by searchers on June 26. Sweat was captured and sent to another prison.

Mitchell faces between two years and four months to seven years in prison under a plea deal.

Her sentencing is set for September 28.

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