Richard Alberts, Coffee Creek

Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, file image on left. Photo of Richard Steven Alberts, provided by the Oregon Department of Corrections, on right. (KPTV)

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A correctional officer pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs, including heroin and methamphetamine, into an Oregon women’s prison and giving them to an inmate he was having sex with, according to the Department of Justice.

Richard Steven Alberts II, 32, of Sherwood, pleaded guilty Monday to the charge of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

Investigators said Alberts had an inappropriate and illegal sexual relationship with an inmate while he was a correctional officer at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville in 2019.

To foster the relationship, Alberts agreed to smuggle drugs into the prison, including meth, heroin and OxyContin pills, according to Billy J. Williams, U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon.

Court records state Alberts also smuggled multiple cell phones into the facility for the inmate to communicate with him and others outside the prison.

The meth and heroin were not for the inmate’s personal use, according to investigators, but were intended for distribution to other women at Coffee Creek.

The Department of Justice stated Alberts met with co-defendant Joseph Jimenez in a parking lot in Portland, where Jimenez provides Alberts with Heroin. The next day, Alberts smuggled the heroin into the prison and later provided it to the inmate, according to investigators.

A few days later, an Oregon Department of Corrections worker seized a small amount of meth and over 6 grams of heroin from the inmate.

Investigators from the DOC and FBI determined the seized heroin was the same that Alberts had obtained from Jimenez.

Alberts was immediately placed on leave from his job.

As part of a plea agreement, Alberts agreed to immediately resign from the Oregon Department of Corrections and permanently decertify as a law enforcement officer with the Oregon Department of Public Safety and Standards and Training.

The DOJ stated that as long as Alberts “demonstrates an acceptance of responsibility,” a sentence will be recommended of one year and one day in prison, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release.

Alberts could have faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Alberts has also agreed with the Washington County District Attorney’s Office to waive indictment and plead guilty to the crime of custodial sexual misconduct, a Class C felony. For that charge, Alberts will receive three years probation and must participate in an evaluation and possible sex treatment.

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'A correctional officer pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs, including heroin and methamphetamine, into an Oregon women’s prison and giving them to an inmate he was having sex with, according to the Department of Justice.' So was engaging in sex for the drugs, or he was having desperation sex or both?

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Well, I don't know if one would really call this "desperation sex." I mean, Remember when George Costanza was dating an inmate at the women's prison, and he was telling Jerry how hot conjugal visit sex was, and even the thought of fugitive sex was almost too much for him to handle. I imagine some of those inmates are kinda hot. Then again, we're talking about crazy puddy, and there's always a cost that comes with that. Ya know, it's easy for us to sit here and take pot shots, but I can imagine if you're a male corrections officer at an all womens prison, just the proximity flirting and manipulative seduction that comes with that every day..well..every man has his breaking point. Still, to go to the extremes that he did? No way. Nothing's worth losing one's freedom.

Erik Erlow Eeckhart

they should put him in the general population of the same prison. As they close the door behind over the loudspeaker should be "please give a warm welcome to former correctional officer..."

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

I thought Coffee Creek was primarily a womens prison.

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Wow..dude has a job in law enforcement and corrections. Likely gets paid a decent salary. He's got great benefits, and eventually would have coasted off into the PERS sunset. But NOOOoooo. Dude got johnson'd, and now his life is over. I mean, every day he saw exceptional reasons for NOT..ya know..committing felonies that would cost him his job and his personal freedom, but that wasn't good enough. I'm sure he would have had many opportunities to have sx..ya know..OUTSIDE OF PRISON, and it would have quite a bit less complicated. I'd say what we have here is a clinical case of some pretty poor judgment.

kyjaha

How dare they suggest a sentence of a year and one day! They do that so inmate receives the 54 days of good time. If they sentenced him to just one year, he would not be eligible for the 54 days and would serve 365 days. He was bringing in the drugs, which wasn't the only time he had done so, plus several cell phones. Nevermind his having sex with the inmate. He dang sure didn't bring several cell phones into the institution in one trip. No way. Which indicates he did so multiple times. Think about it, everyone who enters an institution anywhere in the country must pass thru a medal detector. This includes every staff member. Additionally, prison staff are subjected to being searched randomly whenever they enter the prison. So, it wouldnt be like he tossed a bunch of phones into his lunch pail and brought them in and he couldn't keep them on his person as they'd set off metal detector. Unreal that they'd give this piece of garbage, who clearly violated the public trust, as well as the oath of office they must take. The audacity of these people.

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