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CROWN POINT — Two female inmates from the Kimbrough Work Release Center reported Sunday they had sex with a male employee at the center on multiple occasions, records show.

The women talked to police about the allegations after they were taken to Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville, according to a report.

The women alleged they had sex with the male employee several times in the basement of the Kimbrough Center, records show.

A supervisor told police the employee was immediately separated from inmates and admitted to having sex with two inmates on two separate occasions. He claimed the sex was consensual, according to a report.

Sheriff's police ordered the Kimbrough Center to seal the basement as a possible crime scene, records show.

Lake County Community Corrections, which operates the Kimbrough Work Release Center, notified police immediately after learning of the allegations, said Kellie Bittorf, executive director.

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Bittorf declined to comment on the employee's status, saying she had been advised against making any statements while the investigation is pending.

Indiana State Police have taken over the investigation, according to sheriff's police and Bittorf.

About 160 inmates who are part of the work release program live at the Crown Point facility but are permitted to leave for work, she said.

Lake County Community Corrections also services about 150 people participating in an electronic monitoring program. Those clients live outside the facility and wear ankle monitors.

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