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NY state prison guard accused of harassing inmate’s girlfriend still has job

A New York correctional officer accused of sexually harassing an inmate’s girlfriend is still on the job, even after the agency sought to fire him for making crude comments to the woman, brushing up against her and sending her unwanted emails.

The state prison system concluded that correctional officer Peter Welkley’s attempts to hit on the woman caused her emotional distress and endangered the security of the Orleans Correctional Facility in western New York.

An investigation also found that a group of corrections officers beat the inmate, George Wishart, in March 2016 — days after he complained about the emails, according to a final investigative report released in court documents last month from the prison agency’s Office of Special Investigations.

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