Jail guard who sexually abused prisoner sentenced for lying to investigators

A former corrections officer at the City of Los Angeles federal prison was sentenced on dozens of occasions to prison for lying to investigators about having sex with an inmate.

Abel Concho, 54, of East LA, was sentenced to six months in prison. According to the United States Department of Justice, the first half of his sentence will be served in federal prison, while the second half will be served under house arrest.

In November 2021, Concho pleaded guilty to a count of making false statements to lie to federal investigators during an administrative interview. The DOJ said Concho claimed that he had never had sexual contact with an inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center, while in fact he had engaged in sexual activity with the inmate on more than 30 occasions.

Concho then admitted to having sex with the victim “once or twice”. The DOJ said he lied about providing the prisoner with a cell phone so they could “take nude photos of him”.

The victim was a prisoner who was under Koncho’s supervision from June 2010 to February 2011.

As part of his plea agreement, Conoco admitted that he knew he was committing a federal crime and could be terminated for having sex with an inmate and trafficking in prison.

He also acknowledged that a corrections officer engaging in sexual intercourse with a prisoner is not consensual under the law.

Prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo that Concho abused his power and then lied about it to cover his tracks.

The memorandum states, “After abusing his power to supervise the halls of a federal institution for sexual abuse and then lying to cover up those felony abuses, justice demands that the defendant no longer be jailed.” Time should be spent on the other side.”

After the completion of his sentence, Concho will not be allowed to pursue a career in law enforcement or take any job that requires carrying a firearm.

The matter was investigated by the DOJ, Office of the Inspector General and the FBI.

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