Nurse accused of smuggling, having sex with inmate

- Deputies in Polk County say a jail nurse has been fired and arrested for sneaking cigarettes and coffee to an inmate and secretly having sex with him on the job.

According to her arrest affidavit, Andrea Sarvey worked as a nurse for Corizon Health, providing health care for inmates at the South County Jail in Frostproof.  Detectives believe it was sometime in March that she began having a relationship with Aubry Pettus, who was behind bars for trafficking meth and violating his probation.

A tip led deputies to check recordings of their jailhouse phone calls, and that’s when they discovered the two allegedly discussed bringing in contraband for Pettus.

Friday, detectives confronted Sarvey when she reported to work. During the interview, they say, she admitted bringing in cigarettes, coffee, and envelopes. She explained that she would place the coffee or cigarettes in a pass-through window from her medical station to the dorm for Pettus to receive. 

The nurse said Pettus would tell her, "If you love me, you will bring me this."

Deputies say a search of her vehicle turned up “numerous” love letters from Pettus, along with a box of stamped envelopes.

Sarvey also told detectives she and Pettus would engage in sexual acts while she was on duty, but out of sight of other staff members.

Sarvey, 32, was fired immediately from her job with Corizon and arrested on several charges, including introducing contraband into detention facility. 

Pettus, meanwhile, has been charged with conspiracy to introduce contraband. Deputies say the 29-year-old has an extensive criminal history, including 29 felony and nine misdemeanor charges and has been sentenced to Florida State Prison four times.

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