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Woman charged over 'sex with inmate' at US prison where two murderers escaped

A woman who worked at the US prison where another female employee aided the escape of two killers has been charged with having sex with an inmate.

The charges against former Clinton Correctional Facility employee Denise Prell include promoting prison contraband and sexual abuse, New York state police said.

The 38-year-old was fired from her civilian job at the maximum-security prison after a guard saw her engaged in inappropriate behaviour with an inmate.

She is being held in the county jail on 10,000 dollars cash bail.

In June 2015, two inmates escaped from the prison near the Canadian border with the help of civilian employee Joyce Mitchell.

One, Richard Matt, was killed by police and the other, David Sweat, was captured.

Mitchell is serving a prison term.

AP

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