A social worker at the state prison near Black River Falls faces charges of having sex with an inmate.
Anna Niccolai, from Eau Claire, handled inmate intake at the Jackson Correctional Institution near Black River Falls. Her job included showing inmates videos regarding misconduct, and laws prohibiting sexual contact between inmates and employees.
But investigators say a male inmate admitted have a consensual relationship with Niccolai, using an area of the prison where no security cameras were located.
A search of his cell and Niccolai's office turned up letters between the two that hinted at a romantic relationship. Niccolai is also accused of buying the inmate some shoes, which is against prison rules.
Niccolai will have her first day in Jackson County Circuit Court on October 24.