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Appeals court reinstates inmate's groping claim

Posted: September 5, 2012 2:00 p.m.
Updated: September 5, 2012 2:00 p.m.

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A federal appeals court has reinstated an Idaho prison inmate's claim that a female guard groped him after he tried to break off their nonsexual relationship.

The Los Angeles Times says Tuesday's decision comes after a lower court ruled the touching was consensual.

Three 9th Circuit Court of Appeals justices say the imbalance of power between an inmate and guard make it hard to tell consent from coercion.

The justices say sexual abuse in prisons is rampant and inmates sometimes trade sexual favors for things like gum, cigarettes, more phone time and longer visits with children.

Inmate Lance Conway Wood said he tried to end a relationship with guard Sandra de Martin after he became suspicious that she was married because adultery violates his religious beliefs.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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