Juvenile corrections officer accused of sexual misconduct

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- A former juvenile corrections officer in Phoenix faces a criminal charge after being accused of sexual misconduct with an inmate.

The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections says that Jeremy Hazen is no longer employed and now faces a felony charge of sexual contact by a correctional officer with an inmate.

Hazen had worked for the department since September 2013, a spokeswoman said.

On Wednesday, an inmate at Adobe Mountain School in Phoenix accused Hazen of sexual misconduct.

According to a police report, Hazen admitted to hugging a 17-year-old female inmate three to four times between Nov. 10 and Dec. 7 of this year.

There is surveillance video of the encounters that were reported by the victim.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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