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Henderson County jail worker charged with rape and promoting contraband

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An employee at the Henderson County Detention Center is charged with rape and promoting contraband.

Authorities say 26-year-old Brittany Murch had sexual contact with a state inmate housed at the facility back in August.

Officials say Murch worked in the jail, however she is not a deputy jailer.

She was a contract employee, hired by Kell Well Food Services, who prepared meals in the kitchen.

Jail officials say contract employees do undergo training to work in the jail, but it's not their main focus.

Authorities notified Kentucky State Police when it came to their attention that an employee had allegedly had sexual intercourse with an inmate on two occasions.

Officials say the investigation revealed Murch had also brought methamphetamine and alcoholic beverages to the inmate.

Murch is charged with two counts of promoting contraband and two counts of rape in the third degree.

State police say rape in the third degree refers to the fact that Murch was in an authoritative position over the inmate.

Whether it was consensual or not, it is negligible in the third degree.

"The investigation is really superficial," said Corey King with Kentucky State Police. "We have some more legwork to do on this. There are good possibilities that not only more charges for Ms. Murch will come about, but also perhaps the inmate. It's a little bit early to say right now, but we are looking into more allegations as well as our detectives are looking at least for more follow-up on this case particularly."

Murch is in the Henderson County Detention Center.

She is being held on a $5,000 cash bond.

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