Mental health counselor accused of having sex with convicted rapist inmate

A mental health counselor faces criminal charges for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a convicted rapist at the New Castle Correctional Facility.

Fifty-three-year-old Elizabeth May Covington was arrested Friday on charges of sexual misconduct with a detainee and trafficking with an inmate. She was released from the Henry County jail after posting a $6,800 bond.

The Star Press reports Covington is a former employee of a company, Corizon, that provides health care services at the prison. Investigators say they found Covington and the partially disrobed inmate Jan. 16 at the prison.

State police said Covington told officers she "frequently" gave Ramon S. Rodriguez "medical passes" so he could leave his cell and visit her prison office. Rodriguez was convicted in 1993 of rape, kidnapping and armed robbery.