Kentucky judge orders ex-prison guard convicted of sexual assault to join Army or go to jail

Posted 11 days ago


A judge in Kentucky recently ordered a former jail guard accused of sexually assaulting a shackled female inmate to either reenlist in the U. S. military in the next 30 days or face a year’s time in prison.

Brandon Scott Price, a 28-year-old former guard at the Franklin County Regional Jail, was accused of sexually assaulting the female inmate on Jan. 18, 2019, while transporting her back from the hospital.

He was charged with felony third-degree sodomy in connection to the incident, but the charge was later reduced to misdemeanor second-degree sexual assault, The State Journal reported.

Last week, Judge Thomas Wingate gave Price a 12-month sentence that will be probated for two years and ordered him to reenlist in the military within 30 days. That means that if Price enlists in the military and doesn’t violate any terms of his probation for two years, he might not serve time in prison.

"If you don’t enroll in 30 days, you can report to the Franklin County Regional Jail," Wingate said during the sentencing hearing. "You are under the gun, young man. You gotta do it."

"You’re getting a huge break," the judge continued, addressing Price, according to the newspaper. "You made a terrible mistake, which I know personally cost the county money."

The female inmate filed a lawsuit in July 2019 alleging Price, toward the end of a shift in January of that year, volunteered to transport her to Frankfort Regional Medical Center after a series of in-house treatments to lower her blood pressure failed. He transported her alone, which violated jail police and industry standards and practices, and stayed with the inmate at the hospital for five hours while making "sexually charged comments," according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by The State Journal.

He also allegedly mentioned his connections with an employee at the Kentucky Department of Corrections in charge of parole decisions, according to the lawsuit. After the female inmate was treated for high blood pressure and released, Price loaded her back into the transport van.

The lawsuit claims another jail employee, Capt. Wes Culbertson, spotted Price alone with the inmate but did nothing. Once back in the van, Price allegedly told the inmate, "Culbertson almost caught him."

On the way back to jail, Price allegedly turned down a road and pulled over and told the inmate that "if she performed oral sex on him, he would talk to the KDOC employee he knew about getting her released from jail earlier," accordi... (Read more)