Melissa Corona

Corona

A former corrections officer at the privately run Jack Harwell Detention Center on State Highway 6 in McLennan County pleaded guilty Monday to having an improper sexual relationship with an inmate in custody.

Melissa Suzanne Corona, 25, of Waco, pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense in exchange for a recommendation from the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office that she be placed on deferred probation for three years and fined $750.

According to court records, Corona began the improper relationship in October 2013 by kissing a male inmate more than 10 times.

That led to improper contact through the bars while both were clothed.

As the relationship progressed, the inmate told investigators that Corona entered his cell in the jail’s G Wing at least twice and performed sex acts on him.

Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court will sentence Corona on April 1 after reviewing a presentence report conducted by probation officers.

A state jail felony is punishable by up to two years in a state jail facility.

In deferred probation cases, there is no final judgment of guilt if defendants successfully complete probation.

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