Police: 5 inmates involved in case of accused correction officer

Corey C. Davis

GEORGETOWN — At least five inmates participated in an alleged scheme that resulted in the arrest of a veteran Delaware Department of Correction officer on official misconduct charges last week, authorities said Wednesday.

Delaware State Police said an investigation continued in the case of Corey C. Davis, 47, an officer at Sussex Correctional Institution. Police say he allegedly provided inmates with contraband in exchange for payment through an application from the prisoner’s friends and family.

“The Delaware State Police is continuing to work with the Department of Corrections in reference to this case,” Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

“There are at least five inmates believed to be involved.

“The investigation remains active and ongoing.

“Further information will be released if it becomes available.”

Mr. Davis, a Delmar resident who was hired by the DOC on May 25, 2000, was removed from his job without pay following an arrest on June 6.

The DOC said this week his employment status will be determined following an internal hearing, a spokeswoman said.

“The Delaware DOC takes allegations of misconduct seriously and will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute those who engage in criminal activity,” spokeswoman Jayme Gravell said in a statement Tuesday.

The correctional officer was charged with receiving a bribe (felony), misuse of computer system information, two counts of prison contraband with intent to deliver, and official misconduct with unauthorized exercise of official functions.

He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and released on $8,000 unsecured bond.

Police alleged that inmates received contraband including coffee, sunflower seeds, workout supplements, food and Crest Whitestrips in exchange for an undisclosed amount of money.

According to authorities, an internal DOC investigation found that Mr. Davis allegedly was working as he communicated with family and friends of inmates between May 1 and June 4. The number of friends and family members believed to be allegedly involved was not mentioned. Other than referencing computer use, the form of communication allegedly involved was not disclosed.

A news release stated, “(Mr.) Davis would also communicate with the inmates’ family members on the computer while the inmates were standing with him. (Mr.) Davis also accessed the Delaware Automated Correctional System and obtained information on inmates that he would distribute to family members of the inmates.”

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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