RACINE, Wis. — A supervisor at the Racine Correctional Institute is facing criminal charges after the sheriff's office says she gave an inmate a cell phone and had regular sex with the inmate inside the prison.
The 37-year-old supervisor's name is Jacqueline M Heidt, TMJ4 News can now report, because authorities officially criminally charged her with 20 counts of 2nd Deg. Sex. Assault by Correct. Staff, one count of Deliver Illegal Articles to Inmate and one count of Misconduct/Office-Act/Excess Authority. The charges carry a total maximum sentence of more than 100 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.
A criminal complaint alleges the inmate had a drug overdose and that's when prison staff found the phone. They allege the phone had nude photos of the supervisor on it.
The inmate told investigators they had sex 3-4 times a week in her office at the prison.
The supervisor's husband told investigators that she had been pregnant, but that she went to a clinic for a medical procedure that stopped the pregnancy.
The supervisor and the inmate began their relationship in April of 2022 and their last encounter was on Aug. 4. On Aug. 25 investigators confronted the supervisor with the allegations, the sheriff's office says.
The supervisor denied the allegations and said she believed the allegations to be retaliation by inmates. But when investigators mentioned the phone, the supervisor's "demeanor changed, and she stopped answering questions," according to the sheriff's office.
She is being held at the Racine County Jail.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections operates the Racine Correctional Institution in Sturtevant in Racine County.