BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. -- Richard Rodriguez, a former Bedford Hills corrections officer, has pleaded guilty to rape, according to a release from the Westchester County District Attorney's Office.
Rodriguez has pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree rape, a class E felony.
While on duty at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, on Dec. 23, 2013, Rodriguez engaged in sexual intercourse with an inmate who was incapable of consent because she was committed to the care and custody and supervision of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and the defendant was at the time an employee, the release said. The state Inspector General’s Office and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision contacted the New York State Police regarding the incident in February, according to the release. The Inspector General’s Office. the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, the state police and the Sex Crimes Bureau of the District Attorney’s Office investigated the allegations, the release said. Rodriguez was suspended without pay on March 7, according to the release. The defendant surrendered to state police on Monday, July 7, 2014. Bail was continued at $500, the release said. Sentencing will be on Thursday, Jan. 13.
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