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Former prison guard sentenced for smuggling drugs and porn into prison

By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press

SOMERSET, Pa. -- A former corrections officer in Somerset County was sentenced to time behind bars for smuggling drugs, porn and religious items into a prison.

Donald Lynch, 35, of Fort Loudon, Franklin County, was sentenced Tuesday by Somerset County President Judge John Cascio to serve two to 23 months in county jail for the smuggling.

Lynch was charged in April after his wife told investigators that he boasted about making easy money by bringing the items inside of SCI Somerset for the inmates. Some of the items included marijuana, pornographic magazines and Muslim religious oils.

Lynch smuggled some items inside of tennis balls and hollow, plastic golf balls. Inmates paid Lynch with gift cards or transfers into a PayPal account.

Lynch pleaded guilty in November to a charge of criminally using a cellphone as part of the scheme.

He was also sentenced to two years of probation. He had lost his job at the prison shortly before he was charged.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times