Pa. prison guard pleads no contest to sex assault
Published: March 22, 2013
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A suspended Pennsylvania state prison guard accused of forcing an inmate to perform sex acts on him has pleaded no contest.
Marlin E. Freeman entered the plea in Centre County court on Thursday.
Freeman was charged with institutional sexual assault after authorities said the 54-year-old Clearfield County man forced an inmate at Rockview state prison to perform sex acts in the prison chapel between 2009 and 2012.
State police say Freeman threatened to take away the inmate's janitorial job or have him placed in solitary confinement if he didn't comply.
The Centre Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/XuxLpR) that Freeman faces up to seven years in prison. He will be sentenced June 6.
Freeman is suspended without pay and will likely lose his job after he is sentenced.