Correctional officer allegedly smuggled contraband into Georgia prison

A Georgia correctional officer could face up to 15 years in prison for accepting brides to smuggle contraband to an inmate, authorities said.

Michael Kerr, 30, of Vidalia, faces 14 charges after giving cigarettes to an inmate at McRae Correctional Facility, which is where he worked, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia said in a Monday news release.

Kerr is accused of accepting 12 payments ranging from $400 to $640 to bring cigarettes for an inmate at the private prison, which operates in McRae-Helana. He allegedly received a total of $5,790 in bribes.

He faces 12 counts of bribery, one count of providing contraband into a prison and one count of providing false statement to law enforcement. 

McRae–Helena is the county seat of Telfair County, and it is about 80 miles southeast of Macon and about 165 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta. 

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