Sussex correctional officer accused of receiving bribe

GEORGETOWN — A 47-year-old correctional officer was arrested on official misconduct charges last week after investigation into alleged incidents at Sussex Correctional Institution, police said Monday.

According to Delaware State Police, Corey C. Davis, of Delmar, allegedly received a bribe involving inmates and family members, among other charged offenses, while working at the facility at 23202 Dupont Boulevard.

Corey C. Davis

During an internal investigation, police said, the Delaware Department of Correction discovered that Mr. Davis had allegedly communicated between family and friends of inmates while working between May 1 and June 4. The DOC then contacted State Police.

According to spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe in a news release, “Further investigation led to the discovery that (Mr.) Davis was bringing in contraband to prisoners on his tier.

“(Mr.) Davis would make arrangements with the inmates’ family and friends to obtain items and then bring them into the prison to distribute to the prisoners. These items included; coffee, sunflower seeds, workout supplements, food and crest white stripes.

“In exchange for these items, (Mr.) Davis would receive an undisclosed amount of cash directly deposited into a cash application by these family and friends.”

The correctional officer allegedly let inmates access a state computer with no other officers present, State Police said. Also, he communicated with family members of inmates standing with him at the computer, authorities said.

“(Mr.) Davis also accessed the Delaware Automated Correctional System and obtained information on inmates that he would distribute to family members of the inmates,” State Police alleged.

Mr. Davis was arrested at Sussex Correctional Institution at approximately 2:39 p.m. last Wednesday. Information on his employment status, history and rank from the DOC was not immediately available Monday, along with any comment.

Charges included felony receiving a bribe, misuse of computer system information, two counts of prison contraband with intent to deliver, and official misconduct with unauthorized exercise of official functions. Mr. Davis was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and released on $8,000 unsecured bond.

An attempt requesting further information on the case from DSP Monday was not immediately successful.

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