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Nude photos of inmate prompt DepCor investigation

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There are now three Department of Corrections officers that are on administrative leave.  And at the center of the investigation nude photos that have surfaced of an inmate.

Investigators at the agency are conducting interviews to determine who took the inappropriate pictures. DOC deputy director Carla Borja said, "We did receive allegations of improper conduct by officers, so the director received the information from Internal Affairs Unit, who received that tip on the improper conduct."

KUAM News broke the story on social media that two seasoned officers were placed on administrative leave this morning - one of whom we've confirmed is the acting warden. By this afternoon another officer was placed on administrative leave.

Borja could not say if any of the three officers actually took the pictures or if any of the officers knew of the pictures but did not report it.  Borja would only confirm director Jose San Agustin placed all three on leave pending the outcome of the investigation, explaining, "At this point because the investigation in ongoing I cannot comment on that there are more interviews that are ongoing with other officers that may result in more administrative leave procedures until this investigation has been completed."

When asked if they were just aware of the pictures, or if they took the pictures themselves, Borja responded, "That is part of what the investigation is entailed."

According to KUAM News sources, the picture depicts inmate Keith Garrido smiling in the nude and covering his genitals with a hospital mask.  Garrido is facing life behind bars for murder in addition to over a dozen other pending charges including home invasion, attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping and felonious escape.

You may remember a ban in mobile devices was first implemented after KUAM News broke the story two years ago of officers who used their cellular phones to record video and pictures of other officers getting a foot massage from an inmate, holding what appeared to be band practice in uniform and some sleeping on the job in the Maximum Security Unit.

KUAM News sources indicate that the pictures were taken during a strip search. Once the investigation is completed, Borja says they will provide more information to the public. 

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