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Ex-prison guard convicted of sexual assault given choice: Join military or go to prison

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Ex-prison guard convicted of sexual assault given choice: Join military or go to prison

Luke Gentile January 13, 07:03 PMJanuary 13, 07:03 PM

A former Kentucky prison guard convicted of sexually assaulting a female inmate was given the option to reenlist in the military or go to prison.

Brandon Price, 28, was told by Judge Thomas Wingate on Friday he could choose between a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, or rejoining the military within 30 days, according to a report.

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“If you don’t enroll in 30 days, you can report to the Franklin County Regional Jail,” Wingate said. “You are under the gun, young man. You gotta do it.”

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Price was convicted of sexually assaulting an inmate at Franklin County Regional Jail, according to a report.

The victim said the assault occurred in January 2019 after she had been taken to a local hospital following a medical emergency, according to a lawsuit filed in July 2019.

“Though Price’s shift was near its end, Price volunteered to transport [the inmate] to the hospital,” according to the suit. “Price transported [the inmate] alone, in violation of jail policy and industry standards and practices.”

Price was with the inmate for hours and repeatedly made “sexually charged comments,” the suit noted.

Returning to the prison facility, Price pulled over the van the two were in and propositioned the shackled woman. In exchange for a sex act, Price suggested he could assist the victim in attaining an early release, according to the lawsuit.

He proceeded to sexually assault the woman without removing the shackles, the report read. Price said he “made a stupid mistake” and “let a female inmate touch me inappropriately.”

Price initially faced a third-degree sodomy charge, a Class D felony, but he was able to plead down to second-degree assault, a Class A misdemeanor, according to his attorney.

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For Price to take advantage of Wingate’s offer and enlist, he will have to pursue a waiver for his sexual assault conviction, according to military regulations.

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