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Former Correctional Officer In Santa Barbara County Pleads Guilty To Sexual Relatiosnhip With Inmate

Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 12:53am

A former federal corrections officer in Santa Barbara County could face up to 15 years in prison, after pleading guilty to having a sexual relationship with an inmate.

Renee Noelle Gutierrez pled guilty in federal court to a charge of sexual abuse of a ward.

Prosecutors say it occurred in April of 2010, when the 42 year old woman was in charge of more than 500 inmates in a prison dorm at the Federal Correctional Complex in Lompoc.

Investigators say she resigned after the sexual relationship with a male inmate was uncovered, but before she was indicted by a grand jury.

She’ll be sentenced March 26th.

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