Former assistant warden in Nebraska prison charged with sexual abuse

Criminal investigator wrote that she had allegedly kissed and groped an inmate
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Photo Courtesy Lancaster County Jail

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Charges of sexual abuse of an inmate have been brought against a former assistant warden at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

Lancaster County court records show that Sarah Torsiello, 45, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse of an inmate, second-degree sexual abuse of an inmate and unlawful acts by any person.  She was arrested on Jan. 11, and her court date is set for March 15.

The charges against Torsiello are regarding unauthorized contact with inmate Terrell Thorpe, 37, who is serving a life sentence for two charges of first-degree murder. Torsiello allegedly kissed and groped Thorpe and also communicated with him through a burner phone, according to a confession to a criminal investigator with NDCS.

Torsiello was released from jail on a $10,000 bond on Jan. 12.  She resigned from her position at NDCS after her arrest.

“It is extremely disappointing that someone in this position now faces felony charges. These are serious offenses,” said NDCS Director Scott R. Frakes at the time of Torsiello’s arrest. “Inappropriate behavior involving a member of the inmate population will not be tolerated in NDCS.”

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