Boise woman, a former prison guard, charged with sex with inmate

September 20, 2013 

A Boise woman who worked for the Idaho Department of Correction is in jail after detectives say she had sex with an inmate last month.

Pamela Lynn Thompson, 43, turned herself in to deputies Thursday night. Ada County prosecutors had issued a warrant for her arrest Sept. 9.

Detectives say they have evidence that Thompson and the male inmate, who is held at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, had sexual contact twice in August.

Thompson was hired in March, according to IDOC. She was fired Sept. 6 after an investigation by IDOC’s professional standards team.

Thompson graduated from the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy in May.

A grand jury indicted her on two felony counts of sexual contact with an inmate, and set a $250,000 bond.

At Friday's arraignment, Thompson's lawyer asked the judge to lower the bond, pointing to his client's lack of criminal history beyond traffic violations, and her family in Boise.

But the judge declined, telling Thompson that he wanted to defer to the grand jury in this case.

If convicted of having sexual contact with an inmate, Thompson could face up to life in prison.

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