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Updated May 29, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Ex-Arizona prison staffer convicted of inmate abuse

PHOENIX — A former staffer at a federal prison facility in Phoenix has
been convicted of sexually abusing two inmates.

Federal prosecutors say a jury on Tuesday found 49-year-old Jose Arnulfo
Martinez guilty on six counts of sexual abuse of a ward.

The Phoenix resident is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 26.

Prosecutors say each conviction for sexual abuse of a ward carries a prison
sentence of up to 15 years and/or a $250,000 fine.

Martinez worked for the Bureau of Prisons at the Federal Correctional
Institution-Phoenix.

Prosecutors say the evidence at trial showed that Martinez sexually abused an
inmate on three different occasions in 2008 and did the same to another inmate
three times in 2010.

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