Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ft. Smith prison guard sentenced to 4 years for coercing sex from inmates

A former jailer in Arkansas was sentenced to 4 years in prison for 2 counts of 3rd degree sexual assault after pleading guilty Wednesday, February 10. Sebastian County Detention Center ex-guard Leon Wilson Wood, 65, was convicted of coercing 2 women inmates into sex acts on his shift, June 15, 2009. After his shift ended, the victims notified other officers about the attack. They told authorities that they felt trapped because Wood was in a position of authority over them.

Wood was given a four-year prison term plus six years suspended on one count, and 10 years suspended on the second count, meaning he’ll be on a suspended sentence for 16 years once he’s released from prison.

Wood, who worked at the detention center for about a year, was a battalion chief for the Fort Smith Fire Department and had served there from 1968 to 2000, according to a fire department official.

His son, 40 year old Timothy Wood, is also a former Ft. Smith firefighter and convicted sex offender. Police arrested Tim for trying to solicit a detective posing as a 13 year old girl for sex. Officials found child pornography, and is serving a federal prison sentence.

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