PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A former correctional officer from Scottsdale was found guilty of two counts of abusive contact with an inmate.
Darrell E. McCoy, 51, was found guilty by a federal jury in Phoenix.
According to the Office of the United States Attorney District of Arizona, evidence shows that toward the end of 2016, McCoy began a relationship with a female inmate while acting as the foreman of a crew of inmates with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The incidents did not happen within the Arizona Department of Corrections, even though the officer is from Scottsdale.
McCoy had sexual contact with the woman in different locations on prison grounds, according to a press release. He also gave her “love notes” before her release, officials said.
“McCoy abused his position of authority when he engaged in sexual conduct with an inmate under his supervision,” said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth A. Strange. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to prosecuting all illegal abuses of power wherever they occur.”
The relationship continued for four months after her release, according to the press the attorney’s office.
“Darrell McCoy’s duty was to protect the inmates at the prison where he worked, but instead he abused his power by engaging in sexual conduct with one of those inmates,” said Special Agent In Charge Sandra D. Barnes of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General’s Denver Field Office.
“Today’s verdict sends a clear message: such abuse will not be tolerated.”
Sentencing for McCoy has been set for Feb. 25, 2019.