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2 state prison female staffers charged with having sex with inmate

RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - Two female staffers at the state prison near Racine are free on signature bonds, after being charged with having consensual sex with a male prisoner. 

40-year-old Karina Herrera of Kenosha and 33-year-old Lisa Hawkins of Salem are both charged in Racine County with second-degree sexual assault by correctional employees. 

Herrera is also charged with delivering illegal contraband to an inmate, and Hawkins faces a separate count of obstructing police. 

According to prosecutors, Herrera gave a cell phone to the male inmate. Authorities later checked the phone and found images of the two women in sexual activity. 

Prosecutors said there was also a video of Hawkins having sex with the man. He has since been transferred to another lockup. 

Hawkins' lawyer said the case was based on circumstantial evidence, and his client would later plead not guilty. 

Hawkins' next court appearance is November 14th, and Herrera is due back in court November 7th.

At each proceeding, a judge is expected to decide whether there's enough evidence to order trials.

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