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Former Hudson prison guard receives probation in sex case

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By Gene Sears

A former prison guard at Hudson Correctional Facility faces probation, following a guilty plea to sexual contact with an inmate.
    Amber Gunter, 27, of Brighton. who plead guilty in June to the charges, was sentenced last week to four years of intensely supervised sex offender probation. Gunter stood accused of sexual contact with a 35-year-old convicted murderer from Anchorage, Alaska.
    In 2011 when the incident occurred, Gunter worked at Hudson Correctional Facility, a 1,250-bed medium security private prison on North Juniper Street, which houses inmates contracted from the Alaska Department of Corrections. That agreement has always been temporary in nature while the ADC constructed their new Goose Creek Correctional Center in Wasilla, Alaska, a $240-million, 1,536-bed medium-security correctional center for long-term male felony offenders.
    That facility is nearing completion, with full operations phase-in planned for this year.
    Gunter, who worked at the prison for 14 months, resigned after the allegations first surfaced.
    Gunter also received two years probation for official misconduct, a sentence to be served concurrently. While she must register as a sex offender during her probation, she may petition for removal from the registry after completion.

Contact Staff Writer Gene Sears at
gsears@metrowestnewspapers.com.