Sunday, May 4, 2008

Deputy accused of inmate sex

May 3, 2008


A Polk County detention deputy accused of having sex with an inmate was arrested Friday, the Sheriff's Office said.

Donald Kurns Jr., 40, who has been a detention deputy since 1993, is accused of having sex with an inmate in a bathroom at the Central County Jail in Bartow.

The inmate, whose identity was not released because she is an alleged victim of sexual abuse, said she did not want to have sex with Kurns but "went along with it because Kurns was an officer and she was afraid she would be removed from trusty status if she didn't," a sheriff's report said.

Trusty status lets an inmate earn gain time to be released from jail early and provides other privileges.

The report said Kurns admitted to the intercourse and said it was consensual.

He was arrested on charges of sexual battery and sexual misconduct between detention employees and inmates.

He has resigned, the report said.

Susan Jacobson, Willoughby Mariano, Stephen Hudak, Bianca Prieto and Amy L. Edwards of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report.

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