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Department of Corrections investigators have submitted their preliminary findings of an investigation into nude photos that surfaced of an inmate.

One corrections officer has come clean, as agency deputy director Carla Borja told KUAM News, "The other officer admitted to taking the inappropriate photos of the inmate; subsequently a notice of proposed adverse action was served upon him. So until that timeframe, the case remains open at this time."

Borja spoke of an Internal Affairs investigation that was prompted by nude photos of an inmate that surfaced late last month. Multiple sources told KUAM News the photos were of inmate Keith Garrido, the man convicted for murder alongside dozens of pending charges. Garrido is seen smiling in the nude during a strip search as he covers his private parts with a hospital mask.

Those photos were allegedly taken by a corrections officer, prompting the investigation.

Four corrections officers were then placed on administrative leave. As of today, two of those officers were cleared of any wrongdoing, while two remain on leave.

Now that one officer has confessed to snapping the photos, what comes next is in the hands of DepCor director, Jose San Agustin. "There's a timeframe we follow - ten days to meet with the director. The director will then decide what adverse action will be taken," Borja said.

San Agustin is anticipated to take action on the proposed adverse action on August 15.

Meanwhile, a cell phone ban has been reinstated throughout prison grounds. "The director reinstated the cell phone ban through the facility. So there are no cell phones allowed in the facility with the exception of management, command staff, and the medical team," Borja concluded.

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