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Records: Stateville prison staffer charged for sexual misconduct

Wren M. Covington-Jackson
Wren M. Covington-Jackson

A Stateville prison employee was charged with custodial sexual misconduct and official misconduct, according to court records.

About 4 p.m. Wednesday, Wren M. Covington-Jackson, 46, of the 1200 block of West 97th Street, Chicago, was booked into the Will County jail on the misconduct charges.

Both charges are Class 3 felonies, which carry a prison sentence of 2 to
5 years if convicted.

Covington-Jackson posted 10 percent of her $25,000 bond and was released about 1 a.m. Friday.

Covington-Jackson is listed as an office assistant at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, according to state records. Last year, she worked as a correctional officer at a $43,500 salary.

The Illinois State Police and Illinois Department of Corrections declined to release any details about Covington-Jackson’s arrest. Lt. Matt Boerwinkle of the state police said in an email the case was “still an open and ongoing investigation at IDOC.”

“No further information is being released,” Boerwinkle said.

IDOC spokeswoman Lindsey Hess said in an email that the department “cannot comment on an ongoing investigation.”

When asked about the charges against her, Covington-Jackson said she was “not able to say.” When asked if she was still working at Stateville prison, she said she was “not able to say.”

Covington-Jackson’s case follows the March arrest of a Stateville prison guard who was charged with impersonating a police officer.

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