Former Howard County correctional officer charged with having sexual contact with inmate

A former correctional officer could return to jail, this time as an inmate, if found guilty of the charge he had sex with a female inmate while he was employed at the Howard County Detention Center.

Gregory Charles Kirk, 40, of Bridgeport Court in Owings Mills was arrested at his home Friday morning and charged with sexual conduct between a correctional employee and an inmate, a misdemeanor charge that carries a maximum penalty of three years in jail and a $3,000 fine, according to the Howard County Police Department.

Kirk's employment had previously been terminated due to unrelated administrative issues, police said.

The investigation started in November when detention center director Jack Kavanagh reported an allegation that Kirk may have had sex with a female inmate while employed at the jail, according to police.

Investigators believe Kirk had sex with the female inmate inside a cell, police said.

Kirk was released from police custody on his own recognizance before noon Friday, online court records show.

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