A department of corrections employee is facing charges for criminal sexual conduct in the third degree for incidents that took place nearly a year go.

According to the Moose Lake Star Gazette, Ashley Youngburg of Barnum is being accused of sexual exploitation of an inmate between the period of May 28th to June 15th, 2018. The incidents allegedly took place in a storage room where the inmate say sYoungburg made sexual advancements torwards him, including fondling.

The inmate kept track of the dates, and collected DNA evidence in his underwear after the encounters and mailed strips of his underwear to his attorney. The mail was returned as undeliverable and he was questioned by staff. That's when he told authorities what had been happening.

Youngberg allegedly threatened them saying she would no longer bring them anything into the prison. She was questioned during an investigation and denied the allegations. They did obtain a DNA sample from her and sent it for testing. The results showed mixed DNA from two or more individuals and it could not exclude the inmate and Younburg's DNA. 99.99% of the population could, however be excluded.

Youngberg's first court appearance was on January 30th, 2019. The next hearing is set for May 7th, 2019.

There are many more details to this story that can be found at the Moose Lake Star Gazette.