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Former Md. Prison Guard Smuggled Cell Phones

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland state correctional officer has been sentenced to two years of probation for smuggling a cell phone to an inmate.

Chad Struntz, 26, of Cumberland also received probation before judgment during his district court appearance Wednesday in Hagerstown. The provision means the conviction may be expunged if he successfully completes probation.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown newspaper reports that Struntz pleaded guilty to one count of delivering a telecommunications device to an inmate. A second count was dismissed under his plea agreement.

He told investigators he had delivered cell phones to inmates at the Maryland Correctional Institution near Hagerstown on two occasions in return for money.

The offense carries of maximum penalty of three years in prison.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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