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Former corrections officer sentenced to prison in sex case

PHOENIX — The U.S. Attorney’s Office says a 37-year-old Surprise man was sentenced to 16 months in prison for his role in a sexual abuse case when he was a senior correctional officer.

The office says Edward Mendoza pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a ward.

Authorities say he was a corrections officer at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Phoenix supervising the women’s camp when he had sex with an inmate for two months in early 2015.