State Settles With Prison Guard-Pinup

From Times Wire Reports

The state agreed to pay a former prison guard $10,000 to drop her claim that she was wrongly fired for appearing nude on the Internet and in a magazine.

The settlement, announced in Hagerstown, gets around an administrative judge’s ruling ordering Marcie Betts’ reinstatement, officials said.

Betts, 23, was fired in 2003. She acknowledged selling 81 photos for $300 to a website. One of the pictures also appeared in the magazine Tabu Tattoo. Betts maintained that the pictures were a constitutionally protected form of self-expression.