gavel.jpgA former correctional officer at a privately run halfway house in Oakland pleaded guilty today to sexually abusing a federal inmate.

San Leandro resident Basean George, 39, admitted that he engaged in a two-month sexual relationship with a female inmate under his supervision at the Cornell Oakland Center at 205 MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland in the fall of 2008, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

George, who was indicted on Aug. 5 and remains free on $10,000 bond, faces up to 15 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he’s sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland on Feb. 2.

The Cornell Oakland Center is run by the GEO Group, a Florida-based correctional company that merged with the Cornell Companies in August.

According the GEO Group, the Cornell Oakland Center provides temporary housing, monitoring, and transitional services for 61 minimum-security adult men and women.
The company says offenders “receive help in transitioning from a life of crime to one of responsibility and productivity” and are taught life skills such as job readiness training.

Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News

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