LINCOLN (AP) — A guard at a residential center for work release in Lincoln has been convicted of sexually abusing a female inmate who became his girlfriend after she was paroled from the facility.
Anoroy Loyuk was convicted last week. State law bars corrections employees from having sex with inmates or parolees, even if both parties agree.
Loyuk and the woman met while Loyuk was working at the Community Corrections Center in Lincoln. When Loyuk was arrested last year, state Corrections Director Robert Houston said prison guards control nearly every aspect of inmates’ lives and that such power leaves inmates and parolees legally unable to consent to sex with their overseers.
“The reward was the relationship, the risk was the consequence,” prosecutor Bruce Prenda said in opening statements at Loyuk’s trial.
Loyuk’s lawyer, Valerie McHargue, argued that the relationship didn’t begin until more than a month after the woman was paroled and under the supervision of a parole officer. Loyuk and the woman saw each other at a grocery store and exchange greetings. Then they exchanged addresses, and he later wrote her letters.
The relationship grew in intimacy, said McHargue, who added that the two “were and still are in a loving and committed relationship.”
His legal troubles began after he told a shift supervisor about the relationship.
“I just knew it was probably wrong or something. I didn’t know he could get in this kind of trouble,” the 32-year-old woman said in court.
Loyuk has since quit his job and the two are engaged.
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