Ex-Nurse Found Guilty of Having Sex with Inmate
A former correctional facility nurse has been convicted of 48 charges including two counts of sexual intercourse without consent for having sex with an inmate.
The Montana Standard reports that an Anaconda jury on Friday deliberated five hours before convicting 45-year-old Tisha Ann Brunell. By law, inmates cannot consent to sex.
The jury also found Brunell guilty of three counts of felony transferring of illegal items and 43 misdemeanor counts of unauthorized communication. The illegal items included drugs and chewing tobacco.
Prosecutors said Brunell had sex with an inmate at the Sanction, Treatment, Assessment, Revocation and Transition Center in Butte, then talked about it in recorded phone calls.
Defense attorneys countered that it was only phone sex.