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A for­mer prison guard con­victed of sex­u­ally abus­ing a fe­male in­mate at the Fed­eral Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tute in Dan­bury was sen­tenced to 10 months in prison Mon­day.

In a pre­pared state­ment, U.S. At­tor­ney John H. Durham said 33-year-old Car­los Sanchez “en­gaged in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a fe­male in­mate at the prison” on two oc­ca­sions last July and Au­gust.

Sanchez, for­merly of Mid­dle­bury, pleaded guilty in De­cem­ber to one count of sex­ual abuse of a ward.

The charge car­ries a max­i­mum pun­ish­ment of 15 years in prison, but a plea agree­ment in the case said fed­eral sen­tenc­ing guide­lines called for a sen­tence of 10 to 16 months.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Vic­tor A. Bolden handed down the 10-month prison sen­tence, to be fol­lowed by five years of su­per­vised re­lease.

Sanchez is free on a $50,000 bond and is re­quired to re­port to prison on May 21.

This mat­ter was in­ves­ti­gated by the De­part­ment of Jus­tice Of­fice of the In­spec­tor Gen­eral and the FBI. The case was pros­e­cuted by As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Anas­ta­sia E. King.

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