By Tiffany Vu
A former Marion County Sheriff's Deputy has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a female inmate under his supervision.
Mark Samuels, 54, pleaded guilty this afternoon to one count of first-degree custodial sexual misconduct, one count of second-degree sex abuse, two counts of second-degree sexual misconduct and two counts of third-degree sex abuse.
The charges stem from an inappropriate sexual relationship Samuels had had with a female inmate at the Marion County Jail Work Center. Samuels had been arrested on March 19 and fired by Sheriff Jason Myers on May 23 following an internal investigation into his conduct.
Upon completing his prison sentence, Samuels will also be placed on four and a half years of post-prison supervision and required to register as a sex offender and turn in his DPSST Corrections certificates, meaning he will no longer be able to serve in law enforcement.