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Friday, June 10, 2005

Judge lets prison guard take a vacation before he goes to jail

Associated Press

DELAWARE, Ohio - A former juvenile-prison guard who admitted he had sex with a 16-year-old female inmate has been sentenced to 60 days in jail to be served on weekends - after he first takes a vacation with his family.

Delaware County Common Pleas Judge W. Duncan Whitney initially ordered Cardinal Paige, 47, to start serving his sentence on June 17. But then he agreed to postpone the start by one week after Paige's attorney said the assigned time interfered with his client's vacation plans.

Paige, of Pataskala, told the court he was sorry for his actions and regretted his mistakes.

"There is no question in the court's mind that you have shown remorse," Whitney said. It was clear, too, Whitney said, that Paige's victim was partially responsible.

Prosecutor David Yost objected to the request.

Paige pleaded guilty in April to charges of attempted sexual battery and use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.

After his plea, prosecutors dismissed the nudity-oriented-material charge because they discovered the victim in that case was not a minor. She was 20.

Paige is among 12 employees at the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility indicted on felony charges of abusing and endangering inmates.


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