AZ correctional officer accused of scheming to take bribes from inmate, officials say

Posted at 9:52 PM, Jul 19, 2016

A Valley correctional officer is accused of scheming to take bribes from an inmate in exchange for favors, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Officials said Officer Terrance Johnson plotted to arrange a private visitation between an inmate and one of his visitors for sex, and in exchange Johnson would receive $5,000.

Johnson, who was working at the Lewis prison in Buckeye at the time of the alleged crime, was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail. He is facing the felony charge of bribery of a public servant. He had been employed by the Arizona Department of Corrections since August of 2013, officials said.

ADC officials said they sought and accepted Johnson’s immediate resignation. They also released this statement, in part:

“It is shameful that an individual would betray the public trust placed in him to engage in corrupt acts. The Department does not tolerate the line between inmate and employee to be crossed, and it will support prosecution in this matter to the fullest extent of the law.”