MALONE — A Malone woman, who was arrested by state police, in June, and charged with third-degree rape, during her time as a pastor at Altona Correctional Facility, entered a guilty plea to two counts of a 23 count indictment in Clinton County Court.
Tamra Murphy, 62, of Malone, entered guilty pleas for counts 1 and 23 of her indictment, according to Assistant District Attorney Vivian Joo of the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.
Joo said the two counts Murphy plead guilty to include third-degree rape, the top count of the indictment, and one count of official misconduct.
“While employed as a chaplain, she engaged in a sexual relationship with an inmate, who was incapable of providing consent due to being under the supervision of the department of corrections and community supervision,” Joo said.
According to Joo, the count of official misconduct stems from Murphy’s actions using her job as chaplain to schedule a one-on-one session with the inmate in order to engage in a sexual act.
Murphy is scheduled to be sentenced in Clinton County Court on Nov. 3, at 11 a.m., according to Joo.
Murphy was arrested following an investigation at the Altona Correctional Facility in Altona.
Police report that while Murphy was a chaplain at the prison, she engaged in a sexual relationship with an inmate and provided him money.
Murphy was charged with one count of third-degree rape, one count of third-degree criminal sexual act, seven counts of second-degree introducing contraband, and 14 counts of official misconduct.
Murphy was arraigned in Clinton County Court in July, and released on her own recognizance.
The case was investigated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s Office of Special Investigations.