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Sheriff's Captain Charged With Rape of Former Inmate

AP | NBC

November 23, 2010

MONROE COUNTY – We have our first video of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Captain accused of having sex with a former inmate. The video shows Catherine McLaughlin walking out of court with her attorney and a friend. McLaughlin is wearing the dark colored jacket.

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McLaughlin is charged with 3rd degree rape, official misconduct and inappropriate use of a computer. She is accused of having sex with a former inmate in the Monroe County Jail. Because inmates cannot legally consent to have sex with anyone who works in a jail, the crime is rape.

McLaughlin’s attorney, public defender Erik Teifke, declined to talk on camera. But he offered McLaughlin’s side of the story.

He described the victim in this case, Joe Miller, as a “career criminal.” He said McLaughlin would give Miller some special privileges, like making a phone call, to ease the tension in the “pressure cooker” inside the jail. Teifke said when McLaughlin stopped doing this for Miller, Miller got upset, went to the sheriff’s office internal affairs and made the allegations.

Miller testified in the grand jury against McLaughlin and shortly after that the charges of armed robbery against him were dropped. The District Attorney’s office still has the option to re-file the charges.

McLaughlin is back in court December 12th. She is released with no bail.

McLaughlin was suspended without pay in September.


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