HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Howard County Police have charged a former correctional officer who worked at the Howard County Detention Center with having sexual contact with a female inmate.

Gregory Charles Kirk, 40, was arrested at his Owings Mills home. He will be charged with “sexual conduct between a correctional employee and inmate.”

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Police were contacted in November by the director of the detention center who reported an allegation that Kirk, a former correctional officer, may have had sexual contact with an inmate.

Kirk had been previously terminated for unrelated administrative issues.

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Detectives conducted an investigation and many interviews at the jail.

Kirk is accused of engaging in sexual activity with a female inmate in a cell.

The charge is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of up to three years in jail and a $3,000 fine.

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