Saturday, July 3, 2010

Prison teacher's aide charged with sexual activity with inmates

A teacher's assistant who had 6 years on the job at a New Jersey prison for sex offenders was charged with 5 counts of sexual assault, official misconduct, and drug distribution.  Joy R. Black, 32 of Irvington, NJ was charged with incidents at the East Jersey State Prison in Avenel, NJ which occured between November 2009 and June 2010, according to investigation. Black allegedly had sex with 5 inmates in prison classrooms and smuggled marijuana and cocaine inside the prison for use by two of those inmates.

Black has worked at the prison in the Avenel section of Woodbridge since June 12, 2004. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Sgt. Randi Colatrella or Investigator Melissa Terpanick of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office at (732) 745-3600, or senior investigators Chris Birardi or Kevin Koch of the Special Investigations Unit of the prison at (732) 499-5003.Woodbridge police assisted in the investigation.

Black was arrested at the prison June 30, 2010 and is currently facing a decade in prison, sex offender registration for life, and a lifetime ban on New Jersey public employment. She is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick.

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