A prison officer accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a convicted murderer pleaded guilty this week to a lesser charge.
Jessica Taylor Nabors, who was 19 when the incident took place, will be on probation for one year after she pleaded guilty to a charge of violation of oath by a public officer. She also had to pay a $500 fine, according to her plea agreement. However, the district attorney's office dropped a felony charge against her of sexual assault of an inmate at a correctional facility.
According to an indictment, Nabors met with Jermontae Moss at Hays State Prison between 1 and 3:30 a.m. on May 26. She kissed him and allowed him to touch her breasts and buttocks. Nabors was his prison officer at the time, a violation of the law — even if the inmate consents.
Multiple Hays State officers told the Times Free Press soon after the arrest that Nabors and Moss were together in the "day room," a security concern for the prison. The day room is an area of the prison with couches and TVs, an area off-limits in the early morning hours.
This issue did not come up in Nabors' indictments.
Her attorney, McCracken Poston, said Nabors has a new job away from the prison.
Moss has been in prison since 2012, when a Henry County, Ga., jury convicted him of murdering a convenience store clerk during an attempted robbery.
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