Former prison guard gets probation for bribery

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Robert Dunson, former guard at Warren Correctional Institution, was paid $30,000 to smuggle tobacco to inmates.

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A former prison guard was sentenced to three years on probation and 80 hours of community service for bribery during a hearing Wednesday in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Robert D. Dunson, 48, of West Carrollton, was sentenced by Judge Timothy Tepe.

Dunson was the second former prison guard in court in Warren County this month on charges related to carrying contraband into the prison.

He was alleged to have accepted bribes from inmates at Warren Correctional Institution to smuggle in tobacco in March and April 2016.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Tepe noted Dunson had carried tobacco into prison for inmates over an extended period of time. The charge stemmed from a single $100 bribe, but Tepe said Dunson had been paid over $30,000 for his efforts.

In November, Dunson pleaded guilty to a bribery charge, setting the stage for today’s sentencing.

Assistant County Christopher Delnicki asked for “at least some jail time.”

Dunson and his lawyer, Nathan Stuckey, pleaded for leniency, noting Dunson had no prior record and was married with two young children.

Tepe suspended a two-year prison sentence.

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