FLEMINGTON, NJ (Hunterdon County) – A former senior corrections officer in Hunterdon County who admitted to sexually assaulting a female inmate has been sentenced.
Tyrell Harris-McLaughlin, 29, a former Senior Corrections Officer at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Union Township was sentenced Friday to a five-year state prison term, according to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Renée M. Robeson.
During which will be ineligible for parole for a two-year period. He will also serve a concurrent eighteen-month term, Robeson said.
On June 27, 2023, Harris-McLaughlin pleaded guilty to third-degree tampering with a witness and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact. He was charged in October 2021 for sexually assaulting a female inmate over whom he had supervisory and disciplinary authority through his position as a correctional officer, Robeson said.
“The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to providing the highest standards of public service through effective investigations and prosecutions aimed at ensuring justice for all,” Robeson said. “When those entrusted to serve the public are alleged to have violated their oath, we will thoroughly and objectively carry out our commitment to seek justice. Our office will continue to work with the Attorney General’s Office and other law enforcement partners in our ongoing mission to create a safe environment for everyone in Hunterdon County. The sentence imposed by the Court today reinforces those collaborative goals.”
The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit, the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, and the Department of Corrections’ Special Investigations Division assisted in the investigation.