Ex-Navajo Nation officer sentenced in abuse case

October 24, 2012 • State News

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A former detention officer with the Navajo Nation’s Shiprock Detention Center was sentenced to one year in federal prison for his conviction for sexually assaulting an inmate.

[auth] The Farmington Daily Times reports ( that 45-year-old Sylvester Bruce was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.

Bruce had pleaded guilty in July to sexually assaulting the female inmate in the summer and fall of 2010.

Federal authorities say Bruce fondled the inmate in areas of the jail that didn’t have surveillance cameras, took pictures of two female inmates while they slept and lied to FBI investigators about the photographs.

As part his plea agreement, Bruce will be required to register as a sex offender.

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