Former corrections officer accused of sexual misconduct pleads not guilty

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A former juvenile corrections officer accused of sexual misconduct with an inmate has pleaded not guilty.

Jeremy Hazen, 33, faces one count of unlawful sexual conduct and three misdemeanor counts of assault. He entered his plea in Maricopa County Superior Court Monday morning.

Earlier this month, 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.

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

Hazen had worked for the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections since September 2013 but is no longer employed by the state.

His next court date is Feb. 10.

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