Former Putnam County Corrections Officer pleads guilty to attempted bribery charge

By Bryan Reynolds -

OTTAWA — Laurie Watt, 47, of Lafayette, a former Putnam County corrections officer, pleaded guilty to attempted bribery on July 31 after attempting to bribe a fellow corrections officer to gain access to a inmate in March.

Watt attempted to pay Putnam County Corrections Officer Richard Emry $100 to allow her to take his post between March 2 and 4 so she could gain unsupervised access to Putnam County Jail inmate William Miller. She allegedly provided Miller with contraband during that time.

According to records provided by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office , Watt had submitted a two-week notice on March 1 resigning as a full-time corrections officer, to be made effective on March 18. She requested to stay employed with the sheriff’s office as a part-time corrections officer.

After being informed of her crime, Putnam County Sheriff Brian Siefker terminated Watt’s employment with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on March 6.

Watt was also facing a dereliction of duty charge, a second-degree misdemeanor, was dismissed. Watt is facing up to 18 months in prison for the attempted bribery charge.

Watt’s bond was continued while she awaits her sentencing scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 21.

Siefker did not respond to a voicemail message requesting comment.

By Bryan Reynolds

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