A former Central State Prison corrections officer pleaded guilty Monday to violating her oath by having a sexual relationship with an inmate.
Deenesha Lemandy Carter, 23, accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to five years on probation. She also must pay a $500 fine and surrender her Peace Officer Standards and Training certification. She is barred from holding a job in law enforcement while she’s on probation.
Sentenced as a first offender, Carter won’t have a felony record if she successfully completes her sentence.
Bibb County prosecutor Shelley Milton said Carter’s relationship with inmate Walter Lee Harris last year came to the attention of a prison warden.
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An investigation revealed that Harris — an inmate serving a life sentence for a DeKalb County murder conviction — had a cellphone and was having phone conversations with Carter, Milton said.
When confronted, both Harris and Carter admitted having a relationship. Carter became pregnant and gave birth to Harris’ child, Milton said.
Carter stood quietly during the hearing.
Before announcing the sentence, Judge Howard Simms posed a one-word question to Carter: “Why?”
She responded, “I’m young and I made a mistake.”