Former Youngstown prison guard sentenced for sexual abuse

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Barbara Davis, 47, was sentenced to five months in jail and five months of home confinement

A prison guard is accused of having sex with an inmate at a Youngstown private prison.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A former Youngstown prison guard was sentenced after being convicted of bribery and having sexual contact with an inmate.

Barbara Davis, 47, was sentenced to five months in jail and five months of home confinement.

Davis was a correctional officer at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NEOCC).

She pleaded guilty in January 2021 to sexual abuse of a ward, accepting bribes and providing a cell phone and tobacco to an inmate.

“Exploiting a position of trust by sexually abusing an inmate and receiving bribe payoffs for
smuggling contraband into a correction center threatens to undermine the public’s trust in our
criminal justice system,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan. “Let this matter be a
reminder to the public that anyone who seeks to harm and exploit inmates or detainees can and
will be held accountable.”

According to prosecutors, the crimes occurred between November 13, 2017, and November 7, 2018. During that time, investigators say Davis had sexual contact with an inmate at the NEOCC and smuggled contraband into the facility and gave it to the inmate. In return, Davis received payments from “other parties” through a mobile payment application.

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