Ex-guard admits sex abuse of prisoner

August 12, 2009 2:23:43 PM PDT
Nathan Jones, 30, of Houston, a former contract guard at the Leidel Comprehensive Sanction Center has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a person in official detention, US Attorney Tim Johnson announced. The Leidel Comprehensive Sanction Center is a half-way house located in Houston.At a hearing before US District Court Judge Keith Ellison, Jones admitted that on December 15, 2007, while employed as a contract guard at the Leidel Comprehensive Sanction Center, he engaged in a sexual act with a female federal prisoner. At the time, the victim was in official detention at the center and under the custodial, supervisory and disciplinary authority of Jones. The victim had told agents about the incident and Jones later admitted to agents and in a sworn affidavit that he had, in fact, taken the victim to his office where they engaged in a sexual act.

Jones is no longer employed at the center. He has been on bond and will remain on bond pending his sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for November 5. He faces up to 15 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

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