The local woman who
was sent the messages and her husband said they are too scared to show their identity.
The woman she said
Michael Hutchison, an inmate at the Marion Correctional Institute, first sent
her text messages and then contacted her through Facebook.
The woman said
she's known Hutchison since childhood and doesn't understand how he gained
access to her while in prison.
violated, I felt in fear, I felt scared immediately. I couldn’t push the
block button fast enough," the woman said.
Hutchison has been
locked up since 1997 for robbery, burglary and aggravated assault among other crimes.
of Corrections officials said Hutchison was somehow able to sneak a cell phone
into the facility and began sending Facebook messages.
“It was obviously
smuggled in somehow, but I don’t think it’s right because who else in there is
using it to look at their victim’s page," the woman said.
of Corrections officials admit preventing inmates from trying to sneak in items
like cell phones is a constant challenge.
"You would be
amazed at how creative people can be, whether it’s something that they are able
to sneak in on their person or in their person," said Misty Cash from the
Florida Department of Corrections.
praise the woman and her husband for contacting authorities and reporting what
happened, but the family said they’re still worried.
Department of Corrections said the cell phone was found hidden in a dormitory
area and prison leaders said they will continue to investigate how the cell
phone got into the prison to prevent this from happening again. They said they
don’t know how many other inmates might have had access to the phone.
Hutchison was put
into solitary confinement as punishment.