August 20, 2019
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Maine corrections officer acquitted of sex assault

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A Maine corrections officer who once made headlines for donating a kidney has been acquitted of sexually assaulting a female inmate.

The former inmate testified there were five instances of sexual contact with Joshua Dall-Leighton in a prison van during her time at a York County pre-release center in 2015 and 2016 in Alfred. The accuser said she didn’t report it immediately because she feared retaliation.

State law considers any sexual act between a guard and an inmate to be sexual assault. But the defense contended the accuser made up the story, and jurors rejected her allegations Thursday.

Dall-Leighton made national headlines in 2015 when he donated a kidney to a woman who posted a plea on the window of her car saying she was in need of a kidney.

If you or someone you know needs resources or support related to sexual violence, contact the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s 24/7 hotline at 800-871-7741.


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