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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ex-guard pleads guilty to raping female inmate

Ex-Bedford Hills guard pleads guilty to raping female inmate
The Journal News by Rebecca Baker - January 20, 2009

WHITE PLAINS, NY - A former state correction officer admitted in court today that he had sex with an inmate at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility last year. David Sawyer, 50, pleaded guilty to third-degree rape, a felony, for having sex with the incarcerated woman. Under state law, female prisoners cannot consent to sexual relationships with corrections officers. Sawyer, who lives in Washington County, was arrested Jan. 23, the same day he is accused of having sex with the inmate. In court, he closed his eyes as he admitted that he knew sexual relations between inmates and correction officers were forbidden. He will be sentenced April 14. Westchester County Court Judge Jeffrey A. Cohen said he planned to place Sawyer on sex offender probation for 10 years. Third-degree rape is punishable by up to four years in prison. The judge also issued a protective order barring Sawyer from having any contact with the inmate. People who receive sex offender probation must avoid pornography and sexually explicit material, and must undergo routine polygraph tests at their own expense, among other restrictions. Bedford Hills is the state's only maximum security prison for women.

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