DELAWARE – A state correctional officer was arrested Monday for allegedly having sex with a female inmate in the staff bathroom of the prison facility, police said.
Larry R. Clinkscale, 40, of Bear, was a sergeant who has been a correctional officer for nearly 12 years, said Julie Petroff, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Correction.
The incident is alleged to have occurred between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Monday in a supply closet within Delores Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle, said state police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack.
The 23-year-old victim contacted a staff member sometime after the alleged incident occurred and the staff member reported the allegation to the department’s internal affairs investigators.
The victim was taken to Christiana Hospital, where a sexual assault examination was conducted, police said in court records.
An investigation revealed that the victim was propositioned by the officer, who was working an overtime assignment, and told to go into a staff restroom.
According to court records, Clinkscale pulled the woman into a nearby closet where they engaged in oral and vaginal sex.
A surveillance camera captured the officer and victim disappear off camera and reappear seven minutes later, police said.
State police then obtained a warrant for Clinkscale.
He surrendered to detectives Tuesday and was charged with sexual relations in a detention facility, which prohibits any “employee, visitor, contractor and their employees, or a volunteer at a detention facility in the state from engaging in sexual intercourse or sexual penetration on the premises of a detention facility.”
He was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.
Clinkscale was suspended with pay pending a status review today, at which point his status likely will be changed to suspended without pay, Petroff said.