Abner Canda, 58, a guard at the Snohomish County Jail in Everett, Wash., is accused of giving a female inmate chocolate chip cookies in exchange for sexual favors, according to an affidavit obtained by The Smoking Gun.
The 22-year-old woman, identified only as "C.D.", came forward to law enforcement officials in January 2013. She told police that in May 2012, she "showed [Canda] my breasts, willingly for some food." Then, on Nov. 19, she said, Canda "came into my room behind me and kissed me and touched my breasts and also put his hand down my pants and placed his finger inside of [my vagina.]"
In January, she said, Canda performed oral sex on her. She also told police Canda gave her homemade chocolate chip cookies in return for the sexual favors. It is unclear if he gave her cookies after each act, or just one batch in January.
According to the affidavit, surveillance footage shows Canda and C.D. walking to the cell together on the Nov. 19.
The woman told cops she was discussing the incidents because "I'm trying to change and be a better person now. I'm ashamed for my actions."
Investigators spoke with other female inmates, two of whom told them they also had sexual relations with the guard. One referred to herself as "dating" him. However, he is not currently facing charges related to those allegations, the Herald Net reported.
Canda was charged Tuesday with custodial sexual misconduct, the Herald Net reported. He is currently facing charges only in connection with allegations made by C.D., not the other female inmates.
He has been on paid administrative leave since C.D. made the allegations in January.
Guards of both sexes have wound up in hot water for their relationships with inmates.
In February, a female prison guard in Fishkill, N.Y. was arrested on rape charges after becoming pregnant with what authorities say is the baby of an inmate.
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