- Associated Press - Sunday, June 4, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A former jail supervisor in Arkansas has admitted to lying to FBI investigators during a sex abuse investigation.

Online court records show former Pulaski County jail supervisor Scott Hazel pleaded guilty Friday to making a false statement to a federal agency and faces up to five years in prison. As part of a plea agreement, federal prosecutors dropped a charge of sexual abuse and agreed to not oppose probation when Hazel is sentenced.

Hazel admitted he lied when he told investigators he took a federal inmate from her cell to a private office because he was using her as a confidential informant. The original indictment alleges Hazel instead had sex with the woman.

Sheriff’s Lt. Cody Burk told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2ssWykW ) that Hazel resigned in October 2015 while under investigation.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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