Kristal Cintron

Kristal Cintron

FLORENCE — A 26-year-old Casa Grande woman was arrested July 31 and charged with unlawful sexual conduct with an inmate at the Arizona State Prison in Florence.

According to court documents, Kristal Cintron was working for Trinity Services Group in the kitchen at Eyman-Rynning Unit at the time of the alleged offenses.

While she was not a state employee, Cintron was part of the Eyman Complex kitchen crew because of Trinity’s contract with the Arizona Department of Corrections.

She is accused of sexual acts with the same prisoner on three different occasions, according to court records.

Cintron is accused of a Class 5 felony, with a presumptive sentence of two years imprisonment and an aggravated sentence of 2½ years.

Cintron is scheduled to appear before Pinal County Superior Court Judge Lawrence Wharton for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 16 and a public defender has been appointed to represent her in court.

She has no prior arrests or convictions, according to court records and had been working at the correctional facility for one month.

In an unrelated case, Christina Lopez, a corrections officer working at an Eloy private prison, was accused of engaging in unlawful sexual conduct with an inmate in June.

Lopez, 45, of Tucson, was arrested June 24 and booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for “unlawful sexual conduct by a custodian.” She remains free on bond and is scheduled to appear in Pinal County Superior Court on Aug. 30 for a status conference.

Eloy police said Lopez engaged in unlawful sexual conduct with the inmate at Saguaro Correctional Center on June 8. Staff at the prison operated by private contractor CoreCivic contacted the Eloy Police Department on June 24 about the allegations, and police conducted an investigation before arresting her.