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Northern Kentucky Prison Guard Charged With Taking Bribe

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. --A guard at a northern Kentucky jail spent his wedding day locked up after allegedly accepting a bribe to provide the key to the jail's back door to the friend of a federal inmate.

Jonathan York, 24, of Florence, was arrested and charged with attempting to aid the escape of a federal inmate said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Ben Dusing.

York took $5,000 from an acquaintance of an inmate 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.

A female acquaintance tried to purchase the key on behalf of Joseph Woods, a convicted bank robber. The woman said Woods told her of the plan while she visited the jail on Wednesday. The woman cooperated with the FBI, leading to York's arrest.

Federal authorities removed all the federal prisoners at the 300-bed regional jail until the jail's security standards are "up to what the federal government expects," said Tom McCombs, chief deputy for the U.S. Marshals Service for the Southern District of Ohio.

Two inmates have escaped the jail in recent months, but York is not believed to have been involved said Grant County Jailer Steve Kellam. Both inmates were recaptured after their escape.

"If you are going to look at the whole picture, I don't believe there are any security issues," Kellam said.

York, who is being held at the Campbell County Jail, faces up to 20 years in prison and a substantial fine if convicted. Woods has been moved to the Boone County jail, officials said.

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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com


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