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Prison employee faces sex charges

Former library assistant at SCI Dallas accused of having sex relationship with inmate.

KINGSTON TWP. – A former library assistant at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas in Jackson Township was charged Thursday with having a sexual relationship with an inmate.

Ann M. Carroll, 42, of Duryea, was charged with four counts each of institutional sexual assault and official oppression. She was released on $10,000 unsecured bail after being arraigned before District Judge James E. Tupper in Kingston Township.

State law prohibits county and state correctional employees from engaging in sexual relations with inmates.

According to the criminal complaint filed by the Office of Professional Responsibility with the Department of Corrections:

On Oct. 23, state prison officials became aware of calls that inmate Edward Harry Kalesse, 40, was making to Carroll’s cell phone. Several calls were monitored by the prison and it was revealed Kalesse and Carroll were having phone sex, the criminal complaint says.

The next day, Kalesse was prohibited from going to work in the prison’s library because of a misconduct citation for being in an unauthorized area. Kalesse was supervised in the library by Carroll, who told prison officials that Kalesse was her best inmate worker, the criminal complaint says. When Kalesse was questioned by prison investigators, he admitted to having a relationship with Carroll and having sex with her between late September and mid-October, the criminal complaint says.

Kalesse also admitted, the criminal complaint says, to communicating with Carroll on the phone and sending her letters and cards in the mail.

Carroll told investigators she had a sexual relationship with Kalesse and performed sexual acts on him in the prison’s library, the criminal complaint says.

Carroll resigned from her prison employment on Dec. 4, according to the Department of Corrections.

Kalesse has been transferred to the State Correctional Institution at Retreat in Newport Township, according to the Department of Corrections.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for May 30 in Central Court.

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