UPDATE: Corrections officer arrested in connection with NY prison break

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A New York State Police officer escorts suspended Clinton Correctional Facility guard Gene Palmer, left, from Plattsburgh Town Court in Plattsburgh, N.Y., Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Palmer is believed to have delivered tools inside frozen meat to two Clinton Correctional Facility inmates before they escaped on June 6. He faces charges including promoting prison contraband and tampering with physical evidence, state police said. (Rob Fountain/The Press-Republican via AP)

UPDATE 6:52 a.m. – A New York state corrections officer charged in connection with the escape of two murderers from a maximum-security prison has bailed himself out of an upstate jail.

Officials at Clinton County Jail in Plattsburgh say 57-year-old Gene Palmer was released around 12:30 a.m. Thursday after using a credit card to pay his $25,000 bail.

Authorities charged Palmer on Wednesday night with promoting prison contraband, tampering with physical evidence and official misconduct.

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A corrections officer at Clinton Correctional Facility has been arrested.

Our sister station News 10 is reporting that Gene Palmer was arrested and charged with Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree, two counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence and one count of Official Misconduct.

The arrest is a result of the ongoing investigation into the escape of inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt.

The 57-year old pleaded not guilty and was remanded to the Clinton County Jail on $25,000 bail.

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