Prosecutors call it sex for food.
A Mansfield Corrections Institution employee is facing sexually battery, theft in office, and bribery charges after investigators say in exchange for sex with two inmates, he allowed them to steal food to take back to their prison cells.
Robert A. Picklesimer, 54, was indicted by a Richland County Grand Jury on August 21.
The Richland County prosecutor says the alleged crimes happened once in a walk-in freezer and another time in a closet near the officer's dining room.
"He was permitting these inmates to have food in exchange for allowing him to touch them in sexual ways,” said Assistant Richland County Prosecutor Brent Robinson.
The prosecutor says one of the inmates is 44 years old and the other is 26 years old. Both worked in the food service program that Picklesimer oversaw.
Even though the inmates were consenting adults, the prosecutor says the crime of sexual battery can be applied in this case because of Pickelsimer's position.
""It's to discourage someone who has disciplinary authority and could somehow coerce someone underneath them to engage in this kind of stuff, "said Robinson.
10TV went to Picklesimer's Mansfield home for comment, but no one answered the door.
If convicted of the charge Pickelsimer could face a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Picklesimer is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Tuesday.
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