â€œHi baby. I am hoping this letter will better convey the love I feel deep inside for you. You are a constant presence in my thoughts, fantasies and dreams, and I feel this pervasive emptiness without you by my side. It makes it hard to go about my normal daily activities when all I do is miss you. You are my everything, Baby â€“ I could not envision my life without you in it.â€
What a warm, sweet and swooning thing to have written to you. Life would likely give you no other cares or worries in the world if you received something like this â€“ much less felt it, yourself, and are the one who wrote it. That is, however, unless youâ€™re employed by Oregonâ€™s Washington County Jail as a services technician and wrote this to an inmate youâ€™d been having a secret sexual relationship with.
Brett Robinson, 33, is that woman. Sheâ€™s now on trial for having sex with the unnamed inmate six times in four months. She faces charges of sexual misconduct and official misconduct, the latter for letting the inmate out of his cell several times for the purposes of those sexual liaisons â€“ 12 charges total, stemming from her behavior, which occurred between March and July of 2014.
Ms. Robinson worked in â€˜the bubble,â€™ a maximum security control room, and wound up striking up a relationship with the inmate who was housed in a nearby cell. They would talk using the intercom system when Robinson's manager would leave the room. She became extremely flattered by the compliments she received from him and started to 'open up to him' early last year. In March, one of the times her manager headed to lunch, he said he wanted a kiss. (It was his birthday, after all.) She released him from his cell and brought him into the control room.
He entered carrying a blanket, and they kissed. â€œHe kissed me so passionately, I was taken aback,â€ she said during the investigation. â€œI asked about the blanket,â€ she continued. â€œHe said â€˜I was hoping we could go further.â€™ Then he was saying 'we don't have time to discuss this,â€™ so I had sex with him.â€ They had sex five more times in the following months.
Their relationship headed south soon thereafter, however, when the inmateâ€™s behavior elsewhere in the prison became more abusive. Heâ€™d pushed a female inmate against a wall and forced a kiss upon her, as well as slipped a sexually explicit note to a nurse.
Their affair came to light during an investigation into a similar case; that of Lisa Curry, 39, whoâ€™d had sex multiple times with a 25-year-old gang member and convicted rapist. Curry is now serving a four-year-and-two-month sentence, which was just handed down last month.
Brett Robinson and her attorney tried to use insanity as a defense; having a report from a psychologist whoâ€™d deemed her to have a â€˜mental disease or defectâ€™ to prove as much. The report claimed sheâ€™d been suffering from anxiety and depression for quite some time and that it was those conditions which made her â€˜vulnerable, passive and gullibleâ€™ during the time of the sexual encounters.
At the hearing for that motion, Circuit Judge Andrew Erwin denied the request. He deemed it insufficient and that it hadnâ€™t been submitted in a timely enough manner, agreeing with the prosecutionâ€™s argument that it should have been entered into evidence when she pleaded â€˜not guiltyâ€™. The judge didnâ€™t want the trial delayed. Ms. Robinson cried as the judge handed down his decision and he set a trial date for.
In light of all that has transpired, the Washington County Jail has now added surveillance cameras and tightened security throughout the facility.