BEAUMONT, Texas — A former Jefferson County correctional officer convicted of having sex with a female inmate has lost his appeal.
Justin Deshaun Allison, who had been employed with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office for two years, was sentenced to three years on probation after being convicted of improper sexual activity with the inmate.
He was 36-years-old at the time he was arrested on the charge in 2019.
The female inmate initially denied having sex with Allison, but later changed her story when questioned by the sheriff according to testimony during the trial.
Allison’s attorney argued that the inmate concocted the charge to get him in trouble at the height of the “Me Too Movement.”
In his appeal Allison claimed the trial court erred by allowing the prosecutor to ask him a question requiring him to speculate about why the inmate would have initially denied having sexual contact with him.
He also claimed that the trial court erred by allowing the prosecutor to argue that he was fired by Jefferson County with no explanation.
The Court of Appeals Ninth District of Texas overruled both of Allison's issues and upheld the conviction.
This is a developing story. We will update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.
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