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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Former LCF officer pleads to criminal charge

  • A former Lansing Correctional Facility employee entered a plea Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court to a charge of having an inappropriate relationship in 2012 with an inmate, Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson reported in a news release.
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  • A former Lansing Correctional Facility employee entered a plea Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court to a charge of having an inappropriate relationship in 2012 with an inmate, Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson reported in a news release.
    Melinda Trusty, 47, of Leavenworth, pleaded no contest to one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate while she was employed at LCF.
    The defendant worked at the prison in mid- to late-2012, when LCF personnel noticed letters going to inmate Nathan Cunningham that "seemed like were coming from a staff member," the release states.
    "Upon investigation, they suspected Corrections Officer 1 Melinda Trusty," Thompson reported in the release.
    Trusty was interviewed Nov. 26, 2012, and during the interview she admitted to having sex with Cunningham in the medium clinic restroom, the release states.
    According to the Kansas Department of Corrections website, the 36-year-old Cunningham is in prison on convictions for aggravated assault, aggravated criminal threat, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and aggravated battery.
    His earliest possible release date is November 2024.
    The Department of Corrections' site also states Cunningham was cited for disciplinary action in November 2012 for violating statutes and undue familiarity. He has had 30 disciplinary issues dating back to 1997, including eight at LCF, and three at Ellsworth Correctional Facility, where he is currently in custody.
    During the investigation, LCF staff reviewed the work detail of inmates and learned Cunningham was a porter for the medium clinic from June to September 2012.
    After hearing Trusty's admission, she was fired from the prison.
    She is scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m. Feb. 19 in District Court.
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