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Former jailer who attacked a shackled female prisoner could choose to re-enlist to avoid jail

A former Kentucky jailer convicted of sexually assaulting female inmates has been ordered by a judge to re-enlist in the military or serve time at the same prison where he worked, according to reports.

“If you don’t register within 30 days, you can report to the Franklin County District Jail,” Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate said last week in sentencing of 28-year-old former guard Brandon Scott Price. “You are under the gun, young man. You have to do it. “

Price, a U.S. Army veteran, was charged with felony sodomy, but he was convicted of second-degree sexual assault, a misdemeanor.according to National Journal In the paper, Wingate sentenced Price to 12 months in prison, but two years of probation, meaning he could avoid jail time if the offender complied with the judge’s demands.

The attack took place in January 2019, when Price was taking a female inmate who was being treated at the hospital back to the prison, the National Daily reported. On the way back from the hospital, Price pulled over to the road and forced her to perform oral sex on him while she was handcuffed in the back seat of the van, the woman said.

Price told authorities that the allegations were false, but he “Made a stupid mistake,” allow “A female prisoner touched me inappropriately.” He was arrested after the woman filed a civil lawsuit against the county, Price and other prison employees.

“You got a huge break,” The judge told Price during sentencing. “You made a terrible mistake and I personally know it cost the county government.”

Price has reportedly started trying re-enlisted, but not sure if the military or any other branch of the U.S. military would accept him.

In the past few decades, it was not uncommon for defendants to choose to enlist to avoid imprisonment, such as when the United States fought wars in North Korea and Vietnam. However, current military rules prohibit the acceptance of recruits trying to join as a condition of court judgment unless they are exempt.

People convicted of a felony sex offense are not eligible for such immunity. Price was charged with a felony but was only convicted of a misdemeanor, suggesting his re-enlistment could be approved at the military’s discretion. A New York man tried to enlist in the military in 2006 to avoid jail time for assault. Refuse by the army.

Florida lawmakers are consider a bill This would allow first-time offenders facing up to four years in prison to avoid incarceration by enlisting in the military, but may require congressional action to make such sentences possible because, like the military, other branches have policies against enlistment as an alternative to prison.