FLORENCE — A former CoreCivic corrections officer who is accused of having sex with an inmate changed her plea Friday in Pinal County Superior Court.
Christina Lopez, a corrections officer working at an Eloy private prison, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted unlawful sexual conduct in a correctional facility, a class 6 felony.
Pinal County Superior Court Judge Jason Holmberg said the crime has a presumptive sentence of a year in prison with a range of one-third to 2 years. Probation is possible and likely for Lopez, as she has no prior felonies on her record.
She may also be ordered to register as a sex offender and could also face fines. The offense could be declared by the court as a misdemeanor if she successfully completes probation.
Eloy police said Lopez engaged in unlawful sexual conduct with the inmate at Saguaro Correctional Center on June 8. Staff at the prison operated by private contractor CoreCivic contacted the Eloy Police Department on June 24 about the allegations, and police conducted an investigation before arresting her.
She will be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Oct. 11.