Newtown prison officer misconduct case to resume next month

Newtown prison officer misconduct case to resume next month


DANBURY — The corrections officer accused of exchanging letters with an inmate, sneaking a cell phone into prison and making a false statement is expected back in court Feb. 24.

Jennie Reese, 31, of Oxford, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of conveying of unauthorized items into a correctional institution and one count of false statement.

The charges stem from incidents that allegedly occurred at Newtown’s Garner Correctional Institute over a one-to-two-month period last year.

An inmate told police he and Reese had exchanged love letters and had sexual contact. He also accused her of sneaking a cell phone into the prison and showing him a partially nude picture of herself on it.

Police said they seized two letters from the prison that Reese had written to the inmate, as well as a “dedicated notebook” with draft letters the inmate had written for Reese.


Reese provided a written statement denying the allegations, but later admitted to writing and receiving letters from the inmate after detectives showed her copies of the letters they seized.

Police said she “continued to deny that any illicit sexual contact had occurred.”

Reese is being represented at state Superior Court in Danbury by Bridgeport-based law firm Gulash & Associates, according to court records.

Published at Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:55:00 +0000

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