RANCHO CUCAMONGA - A former San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of consensual sexual activity with an adult prisoner.

Katina Carter, who was present and out of custody for her arraignment, has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a 19-year-old inmate while she worked at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

"She is no longer employed by the department," sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller said Monday.

Carter was arrested Oct. 4.

She posted bail, which was set at $25,000, the next day, Miller said.

Investigators started looking into the allegations on Oct. 2.

"Jail staff became concerned about frequent interaction between a female deputy and a male inmate," according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

"Investigators received information that solidified the concern and served a search warrant at Katina Carter's residence."

Carter was then taken into custody.

It is unclear when the alleged relationship occurred, officials said.

The inmate has not been identified.

Carter is scheduled to be back at West Valley Superior Court on Feb. 19.


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