LOGAN — A 54-year-old Smithfield woman has admitted to having sex with an inmate while working at the Cache County Jail. Teresa M. Pitcher accepted a plea deal that could now place her in the same jail for up to a year.
Pitcher appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. She pleaded guilty to attempted custodial sexual relations, amended to a class A misdemeanor.
In August, 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 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.
Pitcher spoke only briefly during Tuesday’s court appearance. She said she was willing to waive her right to a trail and plead guilty.
Judge Brian Cannell told Pitcher she could be sentenced to up to 364 days in jail. He ordered her to undergo a presentence investigation and appear again in court for sentencing December 10.
Pitcher remains out of jail after posting $5,000 bail.