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Former BCSO detention officer guilty of having sex with inmate

Erick Montez facing 2 years in jail

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SAN ANTONIO – There was a split verdict Thursday afternoon in the trial of a former Bexar County detection officer accused of having sex with an inmate.

After deliberating for five hours Wednesday and an additional six hours Thursday, the judge declared a mistrial after the jury found Erick Montez not guilty on sexual-assault charges.

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The panel did, however, find Montez, 36, guilty on charges of having an illegal sexual relationship with a person in custody.

He is facing a maximum punishment of two years in state jail.

His punishment will be decided by the judge during a hearing at a later date.

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Montez was accused of coercing a female inmate to have sex while transferring her from one jail facility to another in December of 2015.