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Nebraska caseworker arrested, accused of inmate contact

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Posted at 12:17 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 13:17:24-05

MCCOOK, Neb. (AP) — State prison officials said a caseworker has been arrested on suspicion of having unauthorized contact with an inmate at the Nebraska Work Ethic Camp in McCook.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said in a news release that 29-year-old Kerstan Slater was arrested Thursday by the Nebraska State Patrol. Officials said Slater, who has worked for the department since 2018, resigned her position upon being arrested.

Slater's is the latest in a slew of prison staffer arrests in recent weeks for similar charges. The agency's director, Scott Frakes, expressed frustration with the arrests, saying staff members are warned from the moment they're hired about the need to maintain professional boundaries with inmates.

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