A female corrections officer has been jailed after having sex with a convict in front of 11 other prisoners.
Tina Gonzalez, 26, was fired from the Fresno County Jail when her bosses found out she had sex with an inmate.
Not only that, but the officer was also found to have smuggled a phone and razors into the prison.
Gonzalez had worked at the facility for about 4 years before being jailed on May 1 last year after an investigation in which she was accused of having sex with the convict in front of 11 other inmates.
Gonzalez allegedly made a hole in her work pants to give easy access. She is then accused of having sex with the convict in front of 11 other inmates.
Although the former guard avoided prison, she did receive a sentence regardless. Gonzalez ended up receiving a sentence of two years of probation and seven months in county jail.
Assistant Sheriff Steve McComas, Gonzalez's former boss and 26-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, said to The Fresno Bee:
"That is something only a depraved mind can come up with."
"She took an oath which she betrayed and in doing so endangered her co-workers' lives."
"But she has shown no remorse. She continually calls and has sexually explicit conversations with the inmate in question and boasts about the crimes she carried out."
Gonzalez pleaded no contest in April 2021 to one count of sexual activity by a detention facility employee with a consenting confined adult, one count of possession of drugs or an alcoholic beverage in a jail facility, and another count of possession of a cellular device with intent to deliver to an inmate.
She faced a maximum sentence of three years and eight months in prison, but her lawyer, Martin Taleisnik, requested probation instead.
Gonzalez, he claimed, was vulnerable at the time of the event since it happened soon after her divorce. He claimed:
"It was never her intention to bring any harm or danger to the employees in the jail or anyone else in the jail."
McComas demanded the highest sentence in order to send a message to other officers and prevent such incidents from occurring again.
Judge Michael Idiart stated that he was obligated to take into account her early plea and lack of criminal history.
On the other hand, Gonzalez had put the lives of her fellow officers and the prisoners at the jail at risk while abusing her position of trust, he recognized.
"I think what you did was terrible, stupid, and you have ruined your career.
"But I also believe that people can redeem themselves, and you have the rest of your life to do that. Good luck."
So what do you think? Are probation and seven months of jail a fair sentence, or should the judge have been stricter with Gonzalez?