Delaware State Police have arrested a correctional officer for official misconduct including Receiving a Bribe, while performing his duties at the Sussex Correctional Institution, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.
Jaffe said the investigation began on Monday, June 4, 2018 when Troop 4 Major Crimes Unit received information from the Department of Correction, regarding a Correctional Officer, 47-year-old Corey C. Davis of Delmar who was employed at the Sussex Correctional Institution, located at 23203 Dupont Boulevard.
An internal investigation conducted by the Department of Correction, led to the discovery of Davis allegedly communicating with family and friends of inmates while on duty between May 1, 2018 and June 4, 2018, according to Jaffe.
Further investigation led to the discovery that Davis was allegedly bringing in contraband to prisoners on his tier, according to Jaffe. Authorities have alleged that Davis would make arrangements with the inmates’ family and friends to obtain items and then bring them into the prison to distribute to the prisoners.
Jaffe went on to say that the items included; coffee, sunflower seeds, workout supplements, food and crest white stripes. In exchange for these items, Davis would receive an undisclosed amount of cash directly deposited into a cash application by these family and friends, added Jaffe.
Officials are also alleging that it was discovered that Davis would allow inmates access the State’s computer when no other officers were around, according to authorities.
Officials said that Davis would also communicate with the inmates’ family members on the computer while the inmates were standing with him. In addition to the other allegations, Davis allegedly accessed the Delaware Automated Correctional System and obtained information on inmates that he would distribute to family members of the inmates, according to Jaffe.
Davis was subsequently arrested on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at approximately 2:39 p.m. and taken into custody at the Sussex Correctional Institution. He was charged with Receiving a Bribe (Felony), Misuse of Computer System Information, 2 counts of Prison Contraband with Intent to Deliver, and Official Misconduct with Unauthorized Exercise of Official Functions. Davis was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $8,000.00 unsecured bond.