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County nurse charged with promoting prison contraband

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that a nurse, employed by the Onondaga County Health Department, faces a number of charges in connection with a prison contraband investigation.

Kimberly Butler (38), of 119 Parkside Avenue, Syracuse, was charged Tuesday

afternoon with one count of promoting prison contraband in the 2nd degree, one count of official misconduct and one county of conspiracy in the 6th degree, after sheriff's detectives investigated allegations that Butler was delivering contraband items to an inmate incarcerated at the Onondaga County Justice Center.

In April of this year, sheriff's detectives began investigating Butler after receiving information that she was believed to have established a relationship with an inmate who was incarcerated at the Justice Center and providing him with items prohibited.

The investigation came to fruition on Tuesday when Butler, a nurse employed by the county health department, was stopped by deputies as she entered the Justice Center. Butler was subsequently searched by deputies who recovered tobacco and rolling papers that were concealed on her person. Deputies also conducted a cell search of the inmate who Bulter was believed to have befriended, and recovered a cellular phone, cigarette lighter and several

correspondences that were sent and received by Butler.

Detectives are continuing their investigation and will determine whether charges will be filed against the inmate. Butler was issued an appearance ticket to appear in City of Syracuse Criminal Court on June 30 Promoting prison contraband in the 2nd and official misconduct are class A misdemeanors and conspiracy in the 6th degree is a class B misdemeanor.

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