Former FCI guard gets probation for inmate romance

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A former correctional officer who had inappropriate contact with an inmate at Texarkana’s federal prison was sentenced to a term of probation this week.

Jose Angel Rivas pleaded guilty in May to misprison of a felony, a lesser offense than the two charges initially levied against him by a federal grand jury in May in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. That indictment charged Rivas with having sexual contact with an inmate and with providing contraband in prison.

Rivas engaged in a sexual relationship with the inmate from May 2013 to February 2015, according to his indictment. He provided the inmate with items such as sunglasses and headphones which are considered contraband in prison. Only male inmates reside at FCI Texarkana.

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In addition to the five-year probation term, Rivas must pay a $5,000 fine.

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