2nd prison employee arrested after inmates’ brazen escape

Corrections officers walk through a residential area during a search for two escaped prisoners from Clinton Correctional Facility, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Malone, N.Y. Hundreds of searchers checked ATV trails and logging roads and went door-to-door in far northern New York trying to close in on David Sweat and Richard Matt, who escaped from the maximum-security prison more than two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Corrections officers walk through a residential area during a search for two escaped prisoners from Clinton Correctional Facility, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Malone, N.Y. Hundreds of searchers checked ATV trails and logging roads and went door-to-door in far northern New York trying to close in on David Sweat and Richard Matt, who escaped from the maximum-security prison more than two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

BELLMONT, N.Y. (AP) – A correction officer at an upstate New York maximum-security prison has become the second worker there arrested in connection with the escapes of two inmates.

State police say Gene Palmer faces charges including promoting prison contraband and tampering with physical evidence. He was to be arraigned Wednesday night in Plattsburgh. A call to his attorney seeking comment wasn’t answered.

Inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt were reported missing from the Clinton County Correctional Facility in Dannemora on June 6.

Authorities say they cut through the steel wall at the back of their cells, crawled down a catwalk, broke through a brick wall, cut their way into and out of a steam pipe and then sliced through the chain and lock on a manhole cover outside the prison.

Prison employee Joyce Mitchell has been charged with helping them escape. She has pleaded not guilty.

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