A former Delaware County sheriff’s employee accused of raping an inmate waived her right to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, April 11.

Christina Balcom, 26, of Disney is charged in Delaware County District Court with second-degree rape. She appeared in court on Tuesday for her preliminary hearing on the charge.

Balcom, a former detention officer, confessed to a consensual sexual encounter with an inmate, according to the probable cause affidavit.

At the time of the incident, Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore said Balcom was immediately dismissed on Aug. 15, once the incident came to light. If convicted, she could face up to 15 years in jail.

According to the affidavit filed at the time of her arrest, the crime of rape is applicable, according to state statutes, because "the victim is in legal custody and supervision of county jail and engages in sexual intercourse with an employee of the county that exercises authority over the victim."

About the charges

On Aug. 13 around 3:20 a.m. Balcom took the inmate to the county’s old jail and on the way back to the current Delaware County Jail they stopped and kissed, which led to a further sexual encounter, the affidavit states.

Balcom took the inmate back to the jail around 4 a.m., the affidavit states.

When the inmate was interviewed, he initially denied any sexual encounter with the jailer; he later asked to meet again with the investigating officer and said he “was sorry he lied” and confessed to having had sex with Balcom, according to the affidavit.

He said he “felt like he had been sexually assaulted” by the detention officer and “pressured” into doing something he didn’t want to do, the affidavit states.

Balcom is free on $25,000 bail.

“It is the most disappointing news I have had since becoming sheriff in October 2012,” Moore said in his written statement at the time of Balcom's arrest. “We continue to try to improve our jail situation. We have completed an extensive remodel in the jail with improved security systems.

"However, given the size of the jail, we regularly house 75 to 90 inmates in a jail licensed for 61. In addition, due to budget constraints, we often work with less detention officers than recommended. At the time of the reported incident, there were 84 inmates in the jail."