Texas Jailer Fired, Allegedly Groped Female Inmate

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ROCKPORT, Texas (AP) A South Texas jailer has been fired and charged with groping a female inmate while she was on kitchen duty.

A news station in Corpus Christi reported Monday that Paul Noel has been charged with violating the civil rights of a person in custody and improper sexual activity with a person in custody.

Noel worked at the Aransas County Detention Center in Rockport when an inmate in May filed a complaint about improper touching. The criminal complaint says the 65-year-old jailer supervised the woman, who alleges she was groped by him more than once.

Noel claims that the incidents were consensual.

Noel was put on leave following the complaint, fired in early June and arrested June 17. He's free on $2,500 bond.

Further details on the inmate weren't available.

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