Prison officer gets 6-month sentence for sex abuse

A former corrections officer at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington was sentenced Tuesday by a federal judge to six months in prison and ordered to perform 180 hours of community service for sexually abusing an inmate under his ward.

Hector Antonio Abelar, 28, of Nicholasville, pleaded guilty in May to charges that he repeatedly had sex with a ward from January to May 2007, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lexington. Abelar will be required to register as a sex offender.

Abelar will be eligible for parole after serving 85 percent of his sentence.

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