Yolanda Arguello, 59, was employed at the South Valley New
Mexico Women's Recovery Academy in Albuquerque as a contract
employee, said Alex Tomlin, spokeswoman for the New Mexico
Department of Corrections.
"The case is still under investigation but she has had her
security clearance revoked and no longer works at the facility,"
Other employees at the facility this month reported seeing
Arguello lick sandwich cheese and serve it to probation and
parole officers, and suck on ice cubes or place them on the
floor and then put them in beverages for the officers, according
to an investigator's affidavit in the case.
The food was served to probation and parole officers at the
center, according to the affidavit, which was provided by the
District Attorney's Office for the New Mexico judicial district
that includes Albuquerque.
A representative from Community Education Centers, the group
that operates the facility and employed Arguello, could not be
reached for comment.
Arguello was charged on Wednesday with three fourth degree
felony counts of battery on a peace officer, according to New
Mexico court records posted online. She posted bond shortly
after her arrest and was released.
Contact information for Arguello could not be found and she
could not be reached for comment.
(Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and James Dalgleish)
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