A former prison officer at a federal detention center in downtown Los Angeles was sentenced this week to three months in prison for lying to investigators about sexual activity he had with an inmate under his watch. , prosecutors said.
Abel Concho, 54, pleaded guilty last year to one count of making false statements.
During an interview with federal investigators in July 2021, Concho said he had never had sexual contact with the Metropolitan Detention Center inmate, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.
“After initially denying having had any sexual contact with the victim, Concho then falsely stated that he had only had sex with the victim ‘once (or) twice’ that he remembered. “, prosecutors said in a statement Monday.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Concho had sexual contact with the inmate about 35 times.
In his plea agreement, prosecutors said, Concho admitted he knew sex between a corrections officer and an inmate could not be considered consensual under federal law and the employee code of conduct.
“Having abused his power by overseeing the halls of a federal institution to commit sexual abuse, then lying to cover up this gross abuse, justice demands that the accused now spend time on the other side of the bars,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing. memorandum.
Concho also falsely denied providing a cell phone to the inmate to take nude photos.
“In fact, he smuggled a cell phone into the MDC and gave the cell phone to the victim to take nude photos for him, which the victim then did,” prosecutors said.
As part of the plea deal, Concho is barred from seeking employment in law enforcement or employment that requires a firearm.
In addition to the three-month prison sentence, Concho will also face three months of house arrest and will have to pay $9,500 in restitution to the victim.
Los Angeles Times