Ex-Texas jailer serves 1 day for inmate abuse

Travis County Correctional Complex.
Travis County Correctional Complex.

AUSTIN (AP) — A former Central Texas jailer accused of molesting an inmate in 2011 has pleaded guilty to official oppression and served a day behind bars.

Benjamin Arriola was fired as a Travis County corrections officer following the incident.

Arriola was arrested in August 2011 and charged with improper sexual activity with a person in custody. The state jail felony carries a penalty of up to two years in custody.

Arriola instead pleaded guilty to official oppression, a class A misdemeanor, and was sentenced to a day in jail. He served the time earlier this month.

Investigators say the victim was in custody facing a family violence assault charge when he reported being molested by Arriola.

Further details on the inmate weren’t immediately available.

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