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Female MDC corrections officer charged with raping male inmate

Wendy Vowinckel, 42. (MDC)

Wendy Vowinckel, 42. (MDC)

Update: Records: Female jail guard accused of rape used position to coerce male inmate

A female corrections officer at the Metropolitan Detention Center was arrested and charged in the rape of a male inmate Monday evening, according to a spokeswoman for the jail.

Nataura Powdrell-Moore said officer Wendy Vowinckel was booked on four counts of criminal sexual penetration and one count of intimidating or threatening a witness. Jail records say her last name is Vonwinckel.

Powdrell-Moore said on Friday jail officials and detectives with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office were told of allegations involving Vowinckel and a male inmate. After the investigation they determined they had enough to charge her.

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“Officer Vowinckel has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of internal and external investigations,” Powdrell-Moore said.

She said Vowinckel had been employed at the jail since September 2011.

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