California corrections officer ‘with a depraved mind’ who cut a hole in her pants for sex with inmate in front of 11 other prisoners is sentenced to seven months in jail
- A former correctional officer at the Fresno County Jail has been sentenced for a sexual relationship she had with an inmate
- Tina Gonzalez, 27, was given two years probation and seven months in jail
- Staff at the jail received a tip that a male inmate had a cellphone and had been involved in a sexual relationship with Gonzalez
- Following a search of the inmate’s cell, investigators found the cellphone and more evidence supporting the allegations made against Gonzalez
- Gonzalez began working as a correctional officer in September 2016 and resigned following an interview with detectives in December 2019
A corrections officer from California who had sex with a prisoner in full view of 11 other inmates has been jailed for seven months.
Fresno County correctional officer Tina Gonzalez, 27, cut a hole in her uniform in order to make sex with the inmate at the jail easier, prosecutors said.
Gonzalez pleaded no contest to a felony count of sexual activity by a detention facility employee with a consenting confined adult, a felony count of possession of drugs or an alcoholic beverage in a jail facility, and a misdemeanor count of possession of cellular device with intent to deliver to an inmate.
The sheriff’s office began to investigate after staff members were tipped off that a county jail inmate with a cell phone was said to be in a sexual relationship with the officer, according to the Fresno Bee.
Assistant Sheriff Steve McComas said the actions of the former county jail guard were ‘something only a depraved mind can come up with.’
A former correctional officer at the Fresno County Jail, Tina Gonzalez, 27, has been sentenced for a sexual relationship she had with an inmate
McComas explained how a detailed investigation found Gonzalez had sex with the inmate, and also gave him razors, considered a potential weapon behind bars. She also told him when fellow officers would be inspecting his cell so he had chance to hide the contraband.
Phone logs also revealed how Gonzalez kept in contact with the inmate even after she was caught.
‘She took an oath which she betrayed and in doing so endangered her coworkers’ lives,’ McComas said. ‘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 began working as a correctional officer at the Fresno County Jail, pictured, in September 2016 and resigned following an interview with detectives in December 2019
Having been questioned by detectives, Gonzalez then quit the sheriff’s office in December 2019.
It was never her intention to bring any harm or danger to the employees in the jail or anyone else in the jail,’ her defense attorney, Martin Taleisnik said.
Taleisnik stressed how Gonzalez took responsibility for her actions. He also explained that the end of her own marriage had made her ‘vulnerable.’
‘What you did was terrible, stupid and you have ruined your career,’ Judge Idiart told Gonzalez in Fresno County court. ‘But I also believe that people can redeem themselves and you have the rest of your life to do that. Good luck.’