A female Rikers Island correction officer is saying she was blinded by love after being charged on Sunday with raping an inmate and conspiring to traffic marijuana into jail for him, the New York Daily News reports. 

Nicole Bartley, who worked at the George R. Rierno Center jail, said that she was made a fool of by the inmate because of her love for him and was thus persuaded to bring him the drugs, the criminal complaint read. 

“I, Nicole, being a fool had my guard down to this man I thought (I) was falling in love with,” she said, according to the criminal complaint, the Daily News notes. She admitted to sleeping with the inmate – who cannot legally consent to sex as a prisoner – and later agreeing to get marijuana for him. 

“I was in love with him. He used me and played me for a fool. I had sex with him on one occasion in the jail a few days before Jan. 30,” she said. “I used a condom. It was in the closet in the morning when everyone else was locked in. It only lasted five minutes.”

Bartley was arrested on Sunday after investigators found her at her Bronx home with 70 grams of marijuana on her, which she said was for the inmate. She was later released on a $1,000 bail and could face up to four years in prison for the third-degree rape charge. She will also be suspended, the site notes.

She is, the Daily News notes, the 26th corrections staffer to be arrested since the department started its investigation to uncover corruption at the notorious jail in 2014.

Read more at the New York Daily News. 

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