Ex-guard acquitted on claims of sexual misconduct

WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) – An Elmore County jury has acquitted a former corrections officer accused of sexual misconduct with a death row inmate at Alabama’s prison for women.

The jury deliberated for about 20 minutes Wednesday before returning the not guilty verdict in the trial of 33-year-old Matthew Hall of Montgomery.

A Department of Corrections spokeswoman issued a statement saying the department was disappointed by the verdict, but it won’t stop the department from enforcing its zero tolerance policy on custodial sexual misconduct.

Hall was accused of kissing and fondling a death row inmate at Tutwiler prison in 2011.

Both Hall and the prisoner initially told investigators nothing had happened. But the woman later gave prison investigators an 11-page statement detailing the alleged acts.

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