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2nd prison employee arrested after inmates' brazen escape

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(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan). Corrections officers and a police dog start a search of woods near the Clinton Correctional Facility, Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in Dannemora, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan). Corrections officers and a police dog start a search of woods near the Clinton Correctional Facility, Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in Dannemora, N.Y.

BELLMONT, N.Y. (AP) -- A correction officer at an upstate New York maximum-security prison has become the second worker there arrested in connection with the escapes of two inmates.

State police say Gene Palmer faces charges including promoting prison contraband and tampering with physical evidence. He was to be arraigned Wednesday night in Plattsburgh. A call to his attorney seeking comment wasn't answered.

Inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt were reported missing from the Clinton County Correctional Facility in Dannemora on June 6.

Authorities say they cut through the steel wall at the back of their cells, crawled down a catwalk, broke through a brick wall, cut their way into and out of a steam pipe and then sliced through the chain and lock on a manhole cover outside the prison.

Prison employee Joyce Mitchell has been charged with helping them escape. She has pleaded not guilty.

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