LOGAN — A 54-year-old Smithfield woman, suspected of having sex with an inmate while working at the Cache County Jail, appeared in court for the first time. Teresa M. Pitcher was arrested in August after sheriff’s deputies learned about the crimes.
Pitcher was arraigned in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. She has been charged with custodial sexual relations, a third-degree felony.
Pitcher was employed by a contract food service company that provides meal services to the jail. She had been with the company for approximately four months.
Cache County Sheriff’s deputies became suspicious of Pitcher while monitoring inmate phone calls in the jail. They discovered conversations between Pitcher and a Utah State Prison inmate, who was being housed at the jail for the Utah Department of Corrections.
Through the investigation, deputies found there to be at least one instance where allegedly oral sex had taken place between Pitcher and the inmate. They also learned that she allegedly brought contraband into the facility for the inmate.
Pitcher was released by the food service company and is no longer employed at the jail. The suspected inmate was also transferred back to the prison.
During Tueday’s court appearance, public defender Shannon Demler said he had received deputy’s reports, but were unsure yet whether they wanted a preliminary hearing, where prosecutors would present their evidence. He asked for a few weeks to go over details of the case.
Judge Brian Cannell said he would allow more time. He ordered Pitcher to appear again in court October 8.
Pitcher remains out of jail after posting $5,000 bail. She could face up to five years in prison if convicted.