Florida Keys

Jail kitchen chief sent sex letters to inmate, cops say

Donna Launer
Donna Launer

A burglary suspect behind bars may have stolen the kitchen lady's heart.

A 43-year-old woman who ran the food service department at the Stock Island jail in the Keys sent sexually explicit letters to an inmate and at one point kissed him, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said.

Donna Launer, a contract worker for Aramark who lives in Key West, was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge of introduction of contraband to the jail for the love letters, said sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin.

The inmate, Daniel Rodriguez, 34, of Key West met Launer while he was working in the kitchen as a trusty and, according to him, they "expressed feelings" for one another and "kissed and rubbed" at one point but did not have sex, Herrin said.

After Rodriguez was taken off kitchen duty, Launer started sending him letters and photos that were delivered by another inmate, Kristofer Jovany Lluis, 20, Herrin said.

Those letters constitute contraband, a third-degree felony, because they didn't arrive via the Postal Service, the Monroe Sheriff's Office said. While the letters were sexually explicit, the photos were not, Herrin said.

A sergeant at the jail learned earlier this month of Rodriguez's in-house admirer's correspondence. Lluis, of Miami, was also booked Tuesday on the contraband charge.

Lluis is doing time after being arrested in April 2014 on multiple counts of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief, while Rodriguez was arrested last July on charges of burglary, grand theft and multiple fraud counts.