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New York Prison Guard Nailed with DNA Evidence

Aformer New York state prison guard was sentenced in September, 1998, to three years imprisonment after admitting he forced a male prisoner to perform oral sex.

Michael W. Roberts was a guard at the Adirondack Correctional Facility in upstate New York when he guided prisoner Al Waxter into an employee bathroom and forced him to perform oral sex in April, 1997.

After Waxter filed complaints with the state corrections department and State Police he was transferred to Clinton Correctional Facility (CCF) in Dannemora. Somehow Waxter was able to hide a small vial on his body; the vial went with him to CCF.

After arriving at CCF, Waxter's complaints were investigated by the corrections department's inspector general's office. When Waxter was interviewed, he produced the vial, which he said contained Roberts' semen.

Tests on the fluid verified that it belonged to Roberts, and he was indicted in January, 1998. Faced with the strength of the prosecution's DNA evidence, Roberts pleaded guilty in July to charges of felony sodomy.

"It's critical people understand that when they have authority over an inmate, they will be held accountable for abusing that power," District Attorney Ronald Briggs told the Plattsburgh Press Republican.

Glens Falls Post Star

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