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Former Holdenville private prison guard pleads no contest to sodomy charges

A former private prison guard who admitted to engaging in oral sex with a male inmate in 2011 was sentenced to a year in prison Friday by a Hughes County district judge.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: January 4, 2013 at 8:22 pm •  Published: January 5, 2013
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— A former private prison guard who admitted to engaging in oral sex with a male inmate in 2011 was sentenced to a year in prison Friday by a Hughes County district judge.

Christopher Smith, 29, pleaded no contest to a single count of forcible sodomy, records show.

The former jailer received a seven-year sentence from the judge, who suspended all but the first year.

Smith will be placed on two years of state probation following his release and will have to register as a sex offender.

His accuser, Kelly Demings, is serving a 12-year sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree burglary in 2010.

Smith and Demings gave conflicting reports as to what happened between the two men at the Davis Correctional Facility, a private prison in Holdenville that currently houses Oklahoma inmates.

The facility, with a capacity of 1,620, is owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America, which also has prisons in Sayre and Watonga.

Court records show Smith told investigators he “allowed” the inmate to perform oral sex on him inside a staff restroom on June 18, 2011.

Demings, 42, told a state Corrections Department investigator during a July 27, 2011, interview that Smith used the “power of his position” to force him to perform oral sex, records show.

Evidence saved

An affidavit filed in the case stated Deming preserved DNA evidence following the incident.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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