- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - A former federal prison guard in Houston faces up to 15 years behind bars for having sex with an inmate.

Samuel Hawkins of Houston pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexual abuse of a ward. Prosecutors say the 51-year-old Hawkins worked at the Federal Detention Center in Houston at the time of last November’s incident.

Investigators did not provide information on the female inmate.

Hawkins remains free on bond pending sentencing later this year by a federal judge in Houston.

A prison spokeswoman declined to specify if Hawkins had resigned or been fired.

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