UPDATE: Corrections Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Inmate Sexual Assault

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YORK, Neb. A September trial has been scheduled for a man accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate at the women's prison in York.

Michael Weichman, of Bradshaw, pleaded not guilty on Monday to a charge of sexually assaulting an inmate. The 47-year-old Weichman was a facility maintenance specialist at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women in York. He began his employment with Nebraska Department of Correctional Services as a corporal on Oct. 14, 2003, and was promoted to maintenance specialist on Sept. 8, 2008. He resigned last month.

Investigators say another inmate tipped prison officials that Weichman and the other inmate were having sex. Under Nebraska law, any prison or jail worker who has sex with an inmate has committed sexual assault.

The inmate, who is serving a sentence for child abuse resulting in the death of a child, told investigators the sex was consensual. The inmate said the sexual encounters happened over a three-four week period and it happened approximately five times.

A court document says Weichman described his relationship with the inmate as playful but not sexual.

NDCS has zero tolerance for staff sexual relationships with inmates and acts swiftly when staff sexual misconduct is alleged or suspected. NDCS is committed to complying with all state laws and federal standards relative to sexual contact between staff and inmates.

“This agency places great importance on integrity and ethical behavior. Staff members have a responsibility to be professional with inmates at all times” said Director Michael Kenney. “This behavior will not be tolerated.”