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Prison Guard Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Trans Inmate

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A former prison guard in North Carolina faces up to 14 years in jail after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a transgender woman inmate in his custody last year.In a plea bargain agreement, Kyle Garrett Harris pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of felony sex by a custodian for his actions in the June 21, 2021, attack at the Mecklenburg County jail, according to a report in the News&Observer.

He was given sentences of 20 to 84 months for each charge, with the sentences to be served consecutively.The sexual assault survivor went public last year with her story.“There was no way possible I could just sit there and allow somebody to get away with something like that,” the woman, who identified herself as Heaven, told the local ABC affiliate WSOC-TV.Following her arrest on federal identity charges last year, Heaven was taken to Mecklenburg County jail where Harris was employed as a guard.

She was allowed to shower separately but was attacked when another inmate reached under the shower wall, grabbed her ankle, and attempted to pull her into the next stall.

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