A former Oakhill Correctional Institution officer was charged Wednesday with sexual assault after an inmate there reported that he and the guard had sex at the minimum-security prison three times in 2016.
Kaitlyn Schulz, 24, of Albany, was charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault by correctional staff, a felony, and three counts of violating state institution laws, a misdemeanor, after the inmate reported in December that he had sex with Schulz twice in March 2016 in a staff bathroom at Oakhill, according to a criminal complaint.
The inmate also reported having sex with Schulz one other time at the Fitchburg prison in August 2016, according to the complaint.
Schulz was a correctional officer on probationary status who was hired in January 2016 and was terminated in October 2016, the complaint states.
She is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 16.
Under state law, it is illegal for correctional officers and inmates to have sex and is considered sexual assault because of the authority that officers have over inmates.
According to the complaint:
The inmate, identified in the complaint only by his initials, told Fitchburg police that he wrote down the occasions that he had sex with Schulz on a calendar, indicating them by code letters because he didn’t want anyone else to know.
The inmate said he knew two of the dates to be March 24 and March 28, 2016, and said that Aug. 2, 2016, was approximate.
March 24 was Schulz’s birthday, the inmate said. He had gone to the staff bathroom to clean it when Schulz came in and they had sex.
The circumstances were similar on March 28, he told police. That instance took longer, he said, prompting Schulz to tell him, “We are going to get in trouble, need to learn to do it much faster.”
He said that she told him then that she thinks about him constantly and about what they’re doing.
The inmate also told police that Schulz sent his sister in Illinois a check for $100. The inmate’s sister told police that she had received text messages from someone she later learned was a correctional officer.
Schulz wrote to the inmate’s sister that $60 was to go into the inmate’s prison account and the rest was to go on the sister’s cellphone. They set up a system for making three-way calls so that the inmate could talk to Schulz through his sister without it being known that the two were in touch with one another.
The complaint appears to indicate that the inmate reported Schulz after she told him in November that she no longer had feelings for him. During the call, which was recorded, he lamented that it “felt like I had someone to go to when I came out, that I had somebody who really cared about me.”
Later in the conversation, she said, “I care about you. I still do and I want the best for you. That’s all I can say right now.”