Friday, May 23, 2008

Ex-guard sentenced for sex with inmate

(AP) -- A former corrections officer at the Coleman federal prison in Central Florida has been sentenced for engaging in a sexual act with a female inmate while he worked as a guard.

William Alan Blanton was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation and one year of supervised release.

The judge imposed the first eight months as home detention and ordered Blanton to abandon any effort to litigate against the U.S. government over his terminated employment.

He was facing six to 12 months in prison for a misdemeanor count of engaging in a sex act with a person under peripheral supervision.

Blanton is one of nine employees who -- along with one guard's girlfriend and one inmate -- were arrested as the result of a two-year investigation into smuggling and other misconduct at the complex.

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