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Collins Umoh, 40, of Warwick. Courtesy Rhode Island State Police

A Rhode Island correctional officer is facing charges following an investigation that he had engaged in sexual relations with several inmates in 2017 and 2018.

Collins Umoh, 40, of Warwick, was arrested Tuesday and charged and arraigned in Rhode Island Superior Court in Providence on seven counts of a correctional officer engaging in sex with an inmate. The charge is a felony in Rhode Island and carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and fines of up to $10,000, or both.

According to the Rhode Island State Police, a joint investigation by the major crimes unit and Rhode Island Department of Corrections' Office of Internal Affairs determined that between July 2017 and August 2018, he had sexual relations with at least three female inmates on at least seven occasions.

All of the alleged incidents took place at the Gloria McDonald Women’s Facility on the Adult Correction Institutions in Cranston, state police said.

Umoh has been a correctional officer for approximately 11 years, according to state police. He was placed on paid administrative leave in August 2018, immediately after the allegations of sexual misconduct were reported.

He was released following his arraignment hearing on a promise to appear, pending future court action.

— Jason Vallee

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