Ex-officer’s trial in inmate sex case reset

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WALLA WALLA — A new trial date has been set for a former Washington State Penitentiary employee accused of having sex with an inmate in 2008 and 2009.

Laura C. Lindsay, 39, of 1211 Wallula Ave., now is slated for trial beginning Dec. 11 in Walla Walla County Superior Court on the charge of first-degree custodial sexual misconduct.

The proceedings initially were scheduled to start today. But she waived her right to a speedy trial, facilitating the postponement.

Officials claim a state investigation revealed that Lindsay, who was a classification counselor at the penitentiary, was involved in a sexual relationship with the inmate between March 20, 2008, and Feb. 6, 2009.

The encounters allegedly occurred in private areas of the penitentiary that are inside close-custody boundaries.

The investigation began in July 2012 after pictures of Lindsay posing nude were found in the prisoner’s cell during a routine search, according to a Walla Walla police report filed in court.

She resigned from the prison on July 12, 2012.

The criminal charge says the inmate believed Lindsay had the ability to influence the terms, conditions or length of his incarceration. He now is serving his time at the Monroe Corrections Center.

Lindsay has not been jailed pending the outcome of her case. If eventually convicted as charged, she faces a standard-range jail term of 6 months to a year.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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