A New Carlisle woman accused of concealing an unloaded .22-caliber pistol in her bra in the Miami County Jail faces up to three years in prison. STEVE BAKER/STAFF

New Carlisle woman faces prison for smuggling gun in bra in jail

A New Carlisle woman accused of concealing an unloaded .22-caliber pistol in her bra in the Miami County Jail faces up to three years in prison after pleading guilty to felony illegal conveyance into a facility.

Cassondra Workman, 25, was charged May 21 after being taken to the jail by Troy police officers, who arrested her on a warrant out of Clark County.

Workman told deputies she was able to conceal the weapon in her clothing and then in the shower before concealing it in the waistband of her jail uniform. Reports said Workman was placed in the jail indoor rec area to wait until Clark County deputies arrived. Before she was transferred to those deputies, she changed back into her clothing in a shower room and said she put the gun in her bra at that time.

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A Clark County deputy, patting down Workman before leaving the jail, found the firearm in her bra, took possession of it and told corrections staff.

Workman pleaded guilty this week in Miami County Common Pleas Court, where she will be sentenced Sept. 25.

Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said an administrative review of the incident showed Workman likely concealed the gun between her thighs and, after the jail search, inserted the pistol into her bra. She was never put into the jail’s general population, he said.

The correction officer was a newer employee, and the incident was attributed to “human error/negligence,” Duchak said. The officer received corrective action, he said.

Duchak said the body scanner ordered for the jail last week will assist in averting similar situations.