WESTVILLE | A Westville Correctional Facility officer was arrested and charged with bribery and trafficking Friday after allegedly attempting to bring tobacco products to an inmate there.
Brandon Neumann, 31, of LaPorte, was questioned by internal affairs correctional police officers when he reported for work Friday , police said.
He was transported to the LaPorte County Jail for booking and was suspended without pay.
Neumann was hired by the facility in August 2012.
The incident is under investigation by the Westville internal affairs department to determine if any charges or internal disciplinary action may be taken with any of the alleged inmates involved, the Indiana Department of Correction said in a statement issued Monday.
"Despite our efforts to train new staff about the dangers of trafficking with an inmate, offenders still are able to lure some staff with promises of what they describe as easy money," Superintendent Mark Levenhagen said in the statement.
Bruce Lemmon, Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner, praised other Westville staff members.
"They work hard to maintain the high standards of behavior we expect from all our departmental employees," Lemmon said.