Ex-detention center guard pleads guilty to taking bribes

July 6, 2021 GMT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A former guard at a juvenile detention center in Chehalis pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge that he accepted bribes in exchange for smuggling marijuana, cell phones and other contraband inside.

Prosecutors said Julio Hayes, a former guard at the state-run Green Hill School, accepted more than $11,000 in payments for the contraband from offenders or their friends or relatives, and that he often took orders by text message. He was fired in early 2020 after an FBI investigation.

Hayes had worked at the school since 2018, and according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle, he had significant training regarding his ethical obligations.

He pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Tacoma and is scheduled to be sentenced in October. He faces a potential maximum of 20 years, though his prison term will be based on federal sentencing guidelines and is expected to be far less than that.