Really shouldn't have inmates do this

February 24, 2009 5:50:38 AM PST
A former county prison guard in western Pennsylvania will serve nine months on probation for forcing inmates to kneel, bark like dogs and sing nursery rhymes like "Mary Had A Little Lamb" and the alphabet song.

Thirty-nine-year-old Scott Rogers, of Mount Pleasant, says he pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of official oppression "to get it over with."

Rogers was charged in September 2007, two months after he was fired from the Westmoreland County Prison in Greensburg, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh. County officials rescinded the firing and allowed Rogers to resign to protect themselves from a lawsuit should he be acquitted.

The inmates Rogers abused were in a unit housing sex offenders and those with mental health problems.

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