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Judge says fired prison worker’s argument is ‘absurd’

August 19, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge has ruled that it is “absurd” for a fired Kansas prison dental instructor to attempt to have charges accusing him of nonconsensual touching of female inmates dismissed on the grounds that the state law barring such conduct only mentions consensual sex acts.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Shawnee County District Judge Cheryl Rios rejected the argument Friday and ordered Tomas Co to stand trial on Jan. 27 on five charges of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate.

Co’s attorney, Chris Joseph, said state law is ambiguous and Co shouldn’t be held accountable for the Legislature’s bad policy.

But Rios said a successful result for Co’s argument would mean a corrections officer or parole officer or anyone else could do whatever they want to inmates.

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