Prison system

Judge Gives Correctional Officer Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Inmate Option to Join Army Instead of Jail

A Kentucky judge gave a former correctional officer who was convicted of sexually assaulting a female inmate the option of enlisting in the Army instead of going to jail.

Earlier this month, Judge Thomas Wingate gave Brandon Scott Price 30 days to decide whether he wants to re-enlist in the US military or serve a 12-month sentence that is probated for two years.

“You’re getting a huge break,” the judge told Prince during his sentencing. “You made a terrible mistake, which I know personally cost the county money.” 

Price, 28, was brought on charges after a female inmate filed a lawsuit that alleged he sexually assaulted her when he was a gaurd at the Franklin County Regional Jailin January 2019.

According to the lawsuit, Price took the inmate to the hospital alone and stayed with her for five hours – during which time he made “sexually charged comments.”

On the drive back from the hospital, Price allgegedly pulled to the side of the road and asked the inmate to perform oral sex on him in exchange for an earlier release, the lawsuit said.

He then went into the back of the van and allegedly assaulted the inmate while she was shackled.

In a police interview, Price denied the inmate’s allegation but admitted that he had made the “stupid mistake” of letting the woman touch him inappropriately.

Even if Price does re-enlist in the military, it wasn’t immediately clear if he would be accepted given his conviction.