Crime

Fayette corrections officer accused of sexually abusing female inmate

Sex charges filed Wednesday against a Fayette County jail corrections officer stemmed from complaints from a female inmate that the officer exposed himself to her.

The jail issued a release Wednesday, saying Kevin Michael Lawson, 26, was charged with second-degree sexual abuse and indecent exposure. But the release did not provide any details about the allegations.

According to an arrest warrant filed in Fayette District Court, Lawson was on duty when he was filmed on jail surveillance video following the inmate into a bathroom, where they remained for about five minutes.

The inmate told officers Lawson exposed himself to her.

While being interviewed, Lawson "admitted to exposing himself to and allowing a female inmate to touch his genitals," the document said.

Lawson has been released from jail on a $6,000 bond. He pleaded not guilty in Fayette District Court on Thursday, and a pre-trial conference in his case is scheduled for Jan. 26.

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