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Ex-guard at Youngstown prison pleads guilty to sex, bribe charges

Barbara Davis, a former corrections officer at the private Northeast Ohio Correctional Center off Hubbard Road in Youngstown, pleaded guilty Thursday to having sex with an inmate and taking bribes to bring contraband into the prison.

She entered the pleas in U.S. District Court in Akron. Judge Sara Lioi ordered that Davis be released on $20,000 bond. Davis will be sentenced at 10 a.m. April 29.

Federal court documents state that Davis engaged in sex with an unnamed inmate inside the prison between the dates of Nov. 13, 2017, and Nov 7, 2018.

She also between those dates accepted a $20,550 bribe from an Ohio woman who also has been charged by the federal government in a related case. Davis was paid to sneak in a cellphone and tobacco to a prison inmate, federal prosecutors stated.

A separate court filing showed that Davis’ case is related to a two-count indictment against Bridgett Lumsden that was filed Nov. 9.

The indictment states that Lumsden is accused of providing the correctional officer $20,550 in payments via a mobile payment application to induce the guard to smuggle cellphones to inmates. Lumsden is charged with one count of providing contraband to an inmate and one count of bribery of a public official.

Lumsden’s case is also assigned to Lioi in Akron. Court dockets show Lumsden appeared Dec. 2 via video before Magistrate Jonathan D. Greenberg and was released from custody after posting $20,000 bond. Lumsden’s case is pending.

According to the U.S. Justice Department, the investigation was conducted by the Office of Inspector General’s Chicago Field Office, the Cyber Investigations Office, and the FBI.

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