Former Vermont corrections officer sentenced on sex charge
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont community corrections officer has been sentenced after pleading no contest to charges of sexual exploitation of an inmate and prohibited acts.
Joshua Russ, who worked for the Brattleboro Probation and Parole, was sentenced Tuesday and will serve up to four years, the Brattleboro Reformer reported.
Vermont Department of Corrections Commissioner James Baker said in a statement Wednesday that such behavior will not be tolerated.
Russ made an appointment for and paid the victim for sexual contact in March 2020, according to a stipulated fact statement.
Deputy State’s Attorney David Gartenstein said sexual contact between corrections personnel and those being supervised “undercuts the integrity of the supervision system.”
“Circumstances in which sexual contact occurs between someone who’s being supervised and someone who’s working in corrections are very, very serious situations that need a response from the state,” he said.
Russ is scheduled to report to Northeast Correctional Complex on June 11.
Russ’ attorney, Bettina Buehler, could not be reached immediately Friday.