- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A former Vermont correctional officer is going to prison for five months after he pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from allegations he had sex with women he was guarding.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says that Tracy Holliman pleaded guilty last week to a charge of obstruction of justice in connection with efforts to delete emails in which he admitted to some of the charges against him.

Holliman was originally charged with four counts of engaging in sex acts with women over whom he had custodial authority.

Consent is not a legal defense for corrections staff who engage in sex acts with inmates.

Holliman’s attorney Mark Kaplan said he asked the judge for no jail time, but he understood the judge’s reasoning in imposing the five-month sentence.

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