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Guard pleads in sex case

September 21, 2000

Guard pleads in sex case



By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A former Franklin County Prison guard will likely avoid going to prison after she pleaded no contest Wednesday to having improper sexual contact with an inmate.

Nicole T. Kabler, 23, of 2121 Fort Loudon Road, Mercersburg, was charged in May by Pennsylvania State Police with three counts of institutional sexual assault, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to five years in prison, according to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code.

She pleaded no contest to one of the charges before Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Carol Van Horn.

At the hearing Assistant District Attorney David Rahauser said the Commonwealth was prepared to show that Kabler "had sexual contact with an inmate incarcerated at Franklin County Prison."

Van Horn told Kabler that a no contest plea is the same as a guilty plea, except that the accused is not required to make a statement to the court outlining his or her actions. Kabler is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 15.

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Rahauser said the Commonwealth will recommend a sentence of probation or house arrest for Kabler, as opposed to jail time.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, a 26-year-old inmate from Hagerstown was interviewed by police on March 10. The man alleged Kabler had fondled him in July or August of 1999 and that she performed a sexual act on him in his cell in September 1999.

A former inmate interviewed in April alleged that he saw Kabler fondling the inmate on his bunk when they were cellmates, the affidavit said.

Another inmate, a 22-year-old Waynesboro, Pa., man, told police he had been fondled and kissed by Kabler while serving time in the prison annex in the fall of 1999, the affidavit said.

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