- Associated Press - Saturday, November 17, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A former juvenile justice officer has been convicted of sexually abusing a 16-year-old inmate at a state detention facility in Anchorage.

The Anchorage Daily News reports 50-year-old Phillip Bigham was found guilty Thursday of seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor as well as charges of solicitation and attempted escape.

According to court documents, Bigham resigned from his job at the McLaughlin Youth Center in November 2015 after he was questioned about outings he took with the female inmate to secluded areas.

Prosecutors say Bigham remained in contact with the girl, writing letters planning her escape.

The teen later told authorities Bigham had sexually abused her on seven occasions over a four-day period before he left the job.

Bigham is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com

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