Texas parole officer gets 18 months for bribery

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HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas prison system parole officer has been sentenced to 18 months behind bars for accepting bribes from ex-inmates in drug cases in exchange for lax oversight.

A federal judge in Houston on Wednesday sentenced 35-year-old April Carson, who was a Texas Department of Criminal Justice parole officer in Houston. She pleaded guilty last August to a bribery-related count.

Investigators previously said the case involved payoffs to let parolees continue their illegal drug trafficking and distribution.

Prosecutors say Carson in October 2012 accepted $2,000 from a parolee to allow him to travel while under her supervision. Further details on the man weren’t immediately released.

Texas prison officials Wednesday did not immediately provide information on Carson’s employment status.

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