Sunday, May 9, 2010

Central Pennsylvania prison guard sentenced to 23 months probation for sex with inmate

A former Pennsylvania prison guard was sentenced to 23 months probation and the sex offender list May 4 for having sex with an inmate at the prison where she worked and he was held. Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution - Camp Hill guard Rachael Hoerner's sentenced caps a plea deal presided over by Cumberland County Judge J. Wesley Oler Jr.

According to court documents, Rachael S. Hoerner, 39, of the 500 block of Lansvale Street, Marysville, Perry County, admitted her involvement with an inmate when she was interviewed by an officer with the state Department of Corrections' Office of Professional Responsibility.

Both Hoerner and the inmate told investigators they had performed sexual acts in a mop closet prior to the prisoner's May transfer to another state prison, authorities said. Investigators at that prison also discovered letters sent by Hoerner to the prison during a search of the man's cell, authorities said.

Hoerner was arrested July 24, 2009 on charges of institutional sexual assault and official oppresion. Under a plea deal, she plead guilty to the sex assault charge in January, which carries up to 7 years in prison, in exchange for the oppression charge being dropped. She's ineligible for any correctional or law enforcement job, but was found not to be a predatory offender by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board.

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