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Former Pa. prison guard jailed

November 15, 2000

Former Pa. prison guard jailed



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A former Franklin County Prison guard is now an inmate there after she was sentenced Wednesday for having improper sexual contact with an inmate.

Nicole T. Kabler, 23, of 2121 Fort Loudon Road in Mercersburg, was sentenced to 10 days in the county jail and 3 years probation for institutional sexual assault, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to five years in prison.

"You were a guard put in a position of trust and authority," said Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Walker after sentencing Kabler.

She was accused of fondling a male inmate in 1999 and performing a sexual act on him, according to court records.

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Kabler pleaded no contest to one count of institutional sexual assault in September. In exchange, two other counts were dropped.

"The court felt a short period of incarceration is necessary, if for nothing else to show people you can't do that," Walker said. "You're 23. If you want to have sex that's fine - outside of prison."

Walker said if Kabler obeys the restrictions of her probation he will terminate it after two years. He also bent the rules and recommended Kabler be eligible for work release, which is not normally available to inmates imprisoned for fewer than 15 days.

Walker said the fact this was Kabler's first offense weighed heavily in his decision.

"I don't normally give 10-day sentences," he said.

A 26-year-old inmate from Hagerstown told police in March that 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, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

A former inmate interviewed in April said he saw Kabler fondling the inmate in 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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