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A female prison officer has been jailed after she was caught having a sexual relationship with an inmate.
Tina Gonzalez, 26, has worked as a Fresno County corrections officer since 2016, but was arrested in May 2020 following an investigation into her conduct.
The Sheriff's Office was given a tip off that an inmate had been having sex with a correctional officer and that she had smuggled in a phone.
The investigation also revealed that alongside the phone, Gonzalez had smuggled in razors, which could have been used as weapons.
Gonzalez is alleged to have a cut a hole in her uniform to make it easier to have sex with the prisoner, who has not been named.
Gonzalez was also accused of having sex in 'full view' in front of 11 other inmates.
Assistant Sheriff Steve McComas, who was Gonzalez's boss until she was fired, told The Fresno Bee that in his 26-year-long career he'd seen and heard some 'pretty disgusting things' but that his former employees conduct was the worst.
He said: "That is something only a depraved mind can come up with."
He went on to say that Gonzalez did not appear to be sorry for her actions.
McComas added: "She took an oath which she betrayed and in doing so endangered her co-workers' lives.
"But she has shown no remorse. She continually calls and has sexually explicit conversations with the inmate in question and boasts about the crimes she carried out."
In April this year, Gonzalez pleaded no contest to one count of sexual activity by a detention facility employee with a consenting confined adult, one count of possession of drugs or an alcoholic beverage in a jail facility and a misdemeanour count of possession of cellular device with intent to deliver to an inmate.
In mitigation, Gonzalez's lawyer argued that his client was in a vulnerable position at the time after her marriage had ended.
He also said: "It was never her intention to bring any harm or danger to the employees in the jail or anyone else in the jail."
During sentencing Judge Michael Idiart said: "I think what you did was terrible, stupid and you have ruined your career.
"But I also believe that people can redeem themselves and you have the rest of your life to do that.
She was given two years probation and seven months in the county jail.
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