Prosecutor: Monmouth County correctional officer admits to giving cellphone to inmate she was dating

Prosecutors say a Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Police Officer admitted to giving an inmate a cellphone while having a romantic relationship with the inmate.
Latonya Johnson, 52, who worked at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI), brought the cellphone to the jail sometime between May and October of 2022 to talk to her boyfriend, according to the sheriff's office.
Johnson, of Piscataway, pleaded guilty to charges associated with giving an inmate a phone. Entering the plea means Johnson will never be able to work as a state employee again.
Johnson’s sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2024. She is expected to be sentenced to three years in state prison.