State Corrections Officer Arrested

A guard at the state's Omaha Correctional Center has been arrested, accused of sexually abusing an inmate.

Tthe Nebraska Correctional Services Department says 27-year-old Anthony Hansen was taken into custody on Wednesday. Hansen's been on unpaid suspension since December 14th when the department began an investigation of the allegations.

The department says Hansen resigned on Wednesday as well. He joined the department in October 2006.

State Corrections Director Bob Houston told Channel 6 News Hansen had been suspended when a male inmate alleged an encounter involving oral sex.

The inmate provided a DNA sample and when test results were returned, the investigation was turned over to the Nebraska State Patrol.

Houston said there is zero tolerance for a correctional officer involved sexually with an inmate even if it's consensual because one has control over the other's life behind bars. Houston said that's why It's a felony charge.


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