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DANBURY — A Connecticut prison guard is facing her first court appearance since being accused of improperly exchanging letters with an inmate and lying about a bringing a cellphone into the facility.

Oxford resident Jennie Reese is set to be arraigned Tuesday in Danbury Superior Court on charges of taking unauthorized items into Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown and making a false statement.

Reese is accused of sneaking in a phone to show explicit photos to an inmate who alleged he had a sexual encounter with her.

Reese has denied having inappropriate contact with the inmate. She’s been free on $1,000 bail since her July 23 arrest.

Correction Department officials say officers are not allowed to have phones in the facilities and corresponding with inmates is prohibited unless they have written authorization.

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