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Jail Nurse From Temecula Suspected of Smuggling Contraband to Inmate Lover

Michelle Jaren Hayashi, 35, of Temecula is suspected of engaging in multiple illegal acts going back more than a month, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Michelle Hayashi's booking photo released May 29, 2014 by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Michelle Hayashi's booking photo released May 29, 2014 by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

A nurse arrested for allegedly smuggling contraband to an inmate with whom she was sexually involved at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside was released Thursday on $5,000 bail.

Michelle Jaren Hayashi, 35, of Temecula is suspected of engaging in multiple illegal acts going back more than a month, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Hayashi was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of possession of controlled substances, having unlawful sexual contact with an inmate, bringing a mobile phone into a jail and maintaining unauthorized communication with a prisoner.

According to sheriff's Lt. Don Sharp, the Robert Presley jail anti-gang team began looking into a potential smuggling operation after a cell phone was seized from an inmate on April 21.

Sharp said deputies learned that Hayashi, who works as a nurse in the detention services unit, was determined to be the alleged source of the phone, having provided it to the inmate, with whom she was romantically involved.

The suspect also allegedly brought prescription medication into the facility, though Sharp did not disclose what type.

Hayashi was arrested at the jail without incident and booked into the facility, but posted bond after an overnight stay.


— City News Service.


Ken May 30, 2014 at 04:09 PM
You would be surprised to say the least if you knew what actually goes on behind those bars. With that said she must have peed off someone higher up in the jail house inner circuit or maybe not giving them their cut of the action. When you land at your new home at the Gray Bar Hotel the other inmates already know your name what you are in for, how much money you have on the books and everything else about you before you yourself even know what cell you will be occupying. Do the inmates have the intake processing department bugged? I doubt it. So how do you suppose they got access to all this information? Hmmmm! If you have enough money you can buy anything there that your heart desires.
Steve M May 30, 2014 at 05:03 PM
When the price is right, anything's for sale.
Bob May 30, 2014 at 07:24 PM
Happens all the time, county deputies and state correctional officers get busted all the time. The difference is the deputies and officers get to retire with their pensions and very rarely get prosecuted. The civilian employees get fired and then charged with a criminal offense and often end up in jail themselves.
David Anton May 30, 2014 at 07:26 PM
Those who run the Grey Bar Motels do not permit any competition from outside unless compensated. Very little gets in without their OK. If you stay at one of these tax-dollar supported institutions where the payrolls are substantial already and you buy a cell phone from THE MAN (~$1000), don't forget to get the charger or THE MAN will have to get it to you (~$250). Oh, and then when THE MAN'S MAN needs to be impressed, "random" searches will take back the phone/charger/drugs/misc. contraband only to be recycled for immediate resale. Please note: TO YOU CORRUPT AND VILE REPRESENTATIVES OF JUSTICE, STOP PROVIDING DRUGS AND ALL THE OTHER CONTRABAND TO THOSE UNDER YOUR WATCH WHO NEED REHABILITATION NOT CONTINUED ADDICTION AND DESTRUCTION.
ChrisG May 31, 2014 at 03:38 PM
I'm sure she will lose her nursing credentials on top of a lengthy prison sentence if she is found guilty. Any accrued pension should be forfeited to the state to help pay for her incarceration.

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