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Officer Arrest Brings Suspension for Prison Boot Camp

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- It has been nearly two weeks since a Sussex County correctional officer was arrested for reportedly having sexual relations with three female inmates. Now in the aftermath, the boot camp program he worked for has been shut down pending an investigation. This program was started in 1997, and is meant to offer an alternative to jail time for nonviolent inmates.

The correctional officer in question is 39-year old Christopher Peck of Felton. He was arrested on Nov. 20 after an investigation concluded that he allegedly had relations with three inmates, aged 19, 27, and 28. WBOC sat down with local attorney Ed Gil, so he could explain the significance of this program cancellation.

"The theory behind the boot camp program when it came was supposed to be a diversion-type program," he said.

These prisoners are locked in a separated area of the prison, and are subjected to a military-style of drilling in order to instill discipline. They are also brought out of the prison, to conduct certain community projects.

"(They'll) clean up little-league fields," he said for example. "Or clean up an area down by the canal in Lewes."

John Painter, a spokesman for the Delaware Department of Correction, said that at this time it is hard to know how long the suspension will last.

"Right now there are two separate investigations," he said. "As well as an administrative review going on about the boot camp. And because of those three things, the commissioner thought it'd be best to suspend operations until further notice."

Police said that the incidents allegedly began in mid-July, continuing until early November. Peck is currently committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.

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