Former women’s prison guard charged with sex with inmate

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former correctional officer at the Montana Women’s Prison in Billings has been arrested in Texas on charges that he had sex with an inmate.

The Billings Gazette reports an investigation began after video footage showed 38-year-old Allen Hagstrom and an inmate leave together to an area not covered by surveillance cameras at 2:40 a.m. on Jan. 25.

The charges were filed in September. Hagstrom was arrested this week in Galveston, Texas. Jail records say his bail is set at $25,000. Records do not indicate if he has an attorney.

Charging documents say the woman told investigators she had 10 sexual encounters with Hagstrom and that Hagstrom acknowledged at least three sexual encounters. He said he unsuccessfully tried to resist her advances.

Inmates cannot legally consent to sex with correctional officers.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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