A Westville Correctional Facility (WCF) food service worker was arrested
Sept. 7 on a charge of sexual misconduct by a service provider, the Indiana
Department of Correction (DOC) said.
According to a statement released today, Sonya Belik, 29, of Michigan City,
was working in the main kitchen at the facility on Saturday, Sept. 7, when
another food service staffer reported seeing Belik engaged in inappropriate
activity with one of the inmate kitchen workers.
A DOC police officer assigned to the facility investigated the allegation
and, after conferring with the LaPorte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office,
determined there was sufficient evidence to arrest Belik. She was then
transported to the LaPorte County Jail and booked on the charge, a Class C
felony punishable by a term of two to eight years.
The incident is still under investigation by the facility’s Internal Affairs
Department to determine if any charges or internal disciplinary action may
be taken with the inmate allegedly involved.
Belik had been hired on Jan. 4, 2013, by Aramark Corporation following
approval by the facility, DOC said. Aramark contractually provides food
services to the Indiana Department of Correction. All contractual employees
are subject to the same legal requirements as state correctional employees
per federal law.
“Regardless of the employer,” Superintendent Mark Levenhagen said, “every
staff person is responsible for following the law. While one employee was in
violation, the other employee is to be commended for immediately reporting
what she saw.”
“We do all we can to prevent staff from making bad decisions,” DOC
Commissioner Bruce Lemmon said. “But when they do fail, we will hold them
accountable to the public.”