PRISON TIME AVOIDED Former Corrections Officer Avoids Prison Time For Sending Explicit Letters
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Feb. 22, 2013 3:44 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 22, 2013 7:54 PM EST
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A former corrections officer accused of writing explicit letters to a 15-year-old inmate avoided prison time Friday when she was sentenced in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Latarsha Latoria Allen, 30, of Oak Hill was sentenced by Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey to 18 months of probation. She also will have to do 20 hours of community service. Allen will not have to register as a sex offender.
Allen was indicted for "use of obscene matter with intent to distribute" after she was found sending sexually explicit letters to the boy, who was in custody at the James H. "Tiger" Morton Juvenile Center. Troopers found about eight letters written to the boy, identified only by his initials in the criminal complaint, but four of the letters are described as obscene and sexually explicit.
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