Former guard at Alabama women’s prison pleads guilty

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former federal corrections officer who worked at a women’s prison in Alabama has pleaded guilty to charges of sexually abusing an inmate and witness tampering.

Authorities say 32-year-old Eric Todd Ellis was charged for actions that occurred while he was working at the low-security federal lockup in Aliceville. A statement by prosecutors says Ellis was on duty when he engaged in sexual relations with a female inmate in the back of a prison laundry room last June.

He later admitted his actions to another officer and then encouraged the person in a recorded telephone call to lie about it.

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