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January 22, 2014

Former prison worker admits sex with Kansas inmate

A former Lansing Correctional Facility corrections officer pleaded “no contest” Wednesday to illegally having sex with an inmate.

A former Lansing Correctional Facility corrections officer pleaded “no contest” Wednesday to illegally having sex with an inmate.

Melinda Trusty, 47, admitted during a 2012 interview with prison investigators that she had sex with inmate Nathan M. Cunningham in a prison clinic restroom, Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said in a written statement.

She had come under suspicion when staffers noticed that letters written to Cunningham appeared to be coming from a prison employee. Cunningham worked in the clinic from June to September 2012.

Cunningham is serving long sentences from Reno County for aggravated battery, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated burglary, aggravated criminal threat, aggravated assault and obstructing the legal process. He is eligible for release in November 2024, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Mark Morris, mmorris@kcstar.com

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