By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin
PENDLETON, Ind. — A former prison nurse is out on bond on charges of sexual misconduct by a service provider.
Colette Ficklin, 39, of Beech Grove, turned herself in at Madison County Jail on Wednesday and was released shortly after on $10,000 bond. Ficklin is accused of engaging in sexual acts with an inmate at the Indiana State Police Pendleton Correctional Facility on April 21, when she was working as a contracted nurse for health care provider Corizon.
According to a probable cause affidavit of the incident on April 21, correctional officer Brandi Gilland reported to internal affairs officers that she walked in on Ficklin and an inmate in a sexual encounter at the prison’s infirmary.
The inmate also admitted to the encounter, telling the internal affairs officers that Ficklin told him to fake chest pains so they could be alone at the infirmary.
Ficklin, who had only worked at the prison for about a month, denied the accusations. When officers told her that her story was unbelievable, Ficklin said Gilland is “jealous of her.”
Corizon, the company that contracted Ficklin, specializes in providing health care to prison facilities. State Police Pendleton Post public information officer John Bowling said there are definite codes of conduct contractors are subject to when they enter correctional facilities, and fraternizing with an inmate would be a violation of those codes.
PCF public information officer Neil Potter said the prison’s health care administrator Vicky Poore has placed a gate closure on Ficklin, meaning she will not be able to enter the facility again. Corizon has terminated Ficklin’s contract, Potter said.
Sexual misconduct between a service provider and a detained person is a Class C felony.
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