Northern Ky. Corrections Officer Charged With Taking Bribe

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) - A guard at a northern Kentucky jail is now himself behind bars after allegedly accepting a bribe to help an inmate escape.

Jonathan York of Florence, was arrested and charged with attempting to aid the escape of a federal inmate. York took $5,000 from an acquaintance of inmate Joseph Woods at the Grant County jail on Thursday.

The money was supposed to be a downpayment in exchange for the
key to the back door of the facility. The woman said Woods told her of the plan while she visited the jail on Wednesday.

Federal authorities removed all the federal prisoners at the 300-bed regional jail until it feels the jail's security standards are up to standards. Two inmates have escaped the jail in recent months, but York is not believed to have been involved in either of them.

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