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R.I. man reaches plea deal in jail sex case

Associated Press / July 30, 2009

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PROVIDENCE - A former medical technician at a Rhode Island prison has agreed to plead guilty to charges that he lied about having sex with an inmate.

Federal prosecutors filed the plea agreement Tuesday with Glenn Rivera-Barnes, who worked at the privately run Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls.

Rivera-Barnes, a Woonsocket man currently living outside Boston, is accused of twice engaging in sexual activity with the inmate.

Prosecutors allege that Rivera-Barnes first denied the sexual encounters.

When investigators told Rivera-Barnes they had DNA evidence showing sexual activity with the inmate, they say he told investigators he had lied and that the DNA evidence came from the inmate assaulting him, according to court documents.

Bill Fischer, a spokesman for Wyatt, said the inmate reported the incidents in the spring of 2008. After an internal investigation, Fischer said, Rivera-Barnes was suspended without pay in July 2008 and fired in January.

“Clearly Mr. Rivera-Barnes’s behavior is deplorable; it’s nothing we condone,’’ Fischer said.

The inmate left Wyatt last year, Fischer said.

Prosecutors are recommending a one-year sentence in home confinement with an electronic monitoring bracelet for Rivera-Barnes.

Rivera-Barnes’sattorney did not immediately return a call yesterday.

A telephone listing could not be found for Rivera-Barnes.