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An officer from the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections was arrested for having a sexual relationship with a former inmate, according to a statement from Kate Howard, a spokesman for the department.

On January 5, the department learned that a corrections officer was "having a sexual relationship" with an 18-year-old man who had been at Adobe Mountain School in Phoenix and was released under community supervision on November 19 of 2019, but it was still under the jurisdiction of the department, Howard said.

Department investigators contacted the victim, who said he had a consensual sexual relationship with the corrections officer identified as 25-year-old Imarie Waller, according to Howard. The department did not name the man.

Investigators searched the officer's phone and discovered evidence supporting the young man's statement. The department is not aware of any sexual contact that has happened at Adobe Mountain School, Howard said.

The officer was fired and charged with a Class 5 felony for illegal sexual conduct under A.R.S. 13-1419, which states, in part, that it is illegal for any person employed by the Department of Juvenile Corrections to participate in any sexual act with a criminal who is under the supervision of the department.

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