Nurse in Phoenix jail accused of giving contraband to inmate

Nurse in Phoenix jail accused of giving contraband to inmate

PHOENIX (AP) – Authorities say a nurse who works in the downtown Phoenix jail has been arrested for allegedly giving contraband to an inmate.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says 37-year-old Lytonya Hickbottom was arrested Tuesday.

He says the woman apparently was romantically involved with a maximum-security inmate she met while working in the jail.

Arpaio says several phone calls between the inmate and Hickbottom were monitored.

He says a search of the inmate’s cell turned up several naked photos of Hickbottom.

Sheriff’s officials say Hickbottom also allegedly posted $100 to the inmate’s account.

Hickbottom, of Surprise, works for Correction Health Services.

She didn’t have an attorney at her initial court appearance Wednesday and was released on her own recognizance.

Hickbottom is facing an Oct. 20 status conference and Oct. 26 preliminary hearing.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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