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Pima corrections officer charged with sexual contact with inmates

A Pima County corrections officer has been arrested for "inappropriate contact" with female inmates, and charged with nine counts of Unlawful Sexual Conduct, Correctional Facilities, a department spokesman said.

Jorge Renteria-Urias, a two-year veteran with the Sheriff's Department, was arrested Friday after allegations that he violated the law were made Wednesday, said Deputy Tracy Suitt.

Renteria-Urias was booked into the same jail he was charged with patrolling, Suitt said, and is on "unpaid leave pending his termination."

Details on the allegations were not available Friday afternoon, nor was Renteria-Urias' age, Suitt said.

The statute under which Renteria-Urias is charged covers a wide range of activities, ranging from exposure to photography to sexual contact (see sidebar).

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Jorge Renteria-Urias

13-1419. Unlawful sexual conduct; correctional facilities; classification; definition

A. A person commits unlawful sexual conduct by intentionally or knowingly engaging in any act of a sexual nature with an offender who is in the custody of the state department of corrections, the department of juvenile corrections, a private prison facility, a juvenile detention facility or a city or county jail or with an offender who is under the supervision of either department or a city or county. For the purposes of this subsection, "person" means a person who:

1. Is employed by the state department of corrections or the department of juvenile corrections.

2. Is employed by a private prison facility, a juvenile detention facility or a city or county jail.

3. Contracts to provide services with the state department of corrections, the department of juvenile corrections, a private prison facility, a juvenile detention facility or a city or county jail.

4. Is an official visitor, volunteer or agency representative of the state department of corrections, the department of juvenile corrections, a private prison facility, a juvenile detention facility or a city or county jail.

B. This section does not apply to a person who is employed by the state department of corrections, a private prison facility or a city or county jail or who contracts to provide services with the state department of corrections, a private prison facility or a city or county jail or an offender who is on release status if the person was lawfully married to the prisoner or offender on release status before the prisoner or offender was sentenced to the state department of corrections or was incarcerated in a city or county jail.

C. Unlawful sexual conduct with an offender who is under fifteen years of age is a class 2 felony. Unlawful sexual conduct with an offender who is between fifteen and seventeen years of age is a class 3 felony. All other unlawful sexual conduct is a class 5 felony.

D. For the purposes of this section, "any act of a sexual nature":

1. Includes the following:

(a) Any completed, attempted, threatened or requested touching of the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, pubic area or buttocks with the intent to arouse or gratify sexual desire.

(b) Any act of exposing the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, pubic area or buttocks with the intent to arouse or gratify sexual desire.

(c) Any act of photographing, videotaping, filming, digitally recording or otherwise viewing, with or without a device, a prisoner or offender with the intent to arouse or gratify sexual desire, either:

(i) While the prisoner or offender is in a state of undress or partial dress.

(ii) While the prisoner or offender is urinating or defecating.

2. Does not include an act done pursuant to a bona fide medical exam or lawful internal search.

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