Former Waupun Guard Appears On Smuggling Charge

(Waupun) A Waupun correctional officer made his initial appearance in a Dodge County courtroom Monday on charges that he brought illegal contraband into the prison. Mose Rice of Janesville is facing one felony count of Deliver Illegal Articles to an Inmate. In July, an MP4 player and a modified thumb drive that contained pornographic materials were found inside a prisoner’s cell. The inmate allegedly stated that Rice brought in the USB, and also marijuana, in order to help pay back debts from a gambling addiction. Rice at first denied the accusation when interviewed by law enforcement but later admitted to only bringing in the flash drive. Rice allegedly said he never took money but did it out of fear of retribution from a street gang that had ties to the inmate. If convicted, the 41-year-old faces no more than three-and-half-years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1000 yesterday and a judge will decide in December if there is enough evidence to order a trial.