By MICHAEL N. PRICE
WEST CHESTER — A now retired Chester County Prison correctional officer was sentenced to three years of probation Thursday for having a sexual relationship with a female inmate.
Retired Cpl. Dale Guyer, 49, of Coatesville, pleaded guilty to institutional sexual assault earlier this year for engaging in sexual intercourse with an inmate on Oct. 30 and 31 of 2010, according to court documents. Prosecutors said the offenses occurred inside the Prison Work Release Center in an area off limits to inmates.
Prosecutors, who requested a state prison sentence, argued that Guyer, abused his authority to coerce the victim into engaging in the relationship. Officials subsequently asked Guyer to retire from the prison,
“The sexual intercourse was consensual to the extent that a prison inmate can consent to sexual overtures from a corporal employed by the prison in which the inmate is incarcerated,” prosecutors argued in a sentencing memorandum filed in the Chester County Court of Common Pleas.
In those letters, the prosecution said Guyer threatened to spread compromising photographs of the victim to her friends and family. The harassment continued to the point that the victim eventually filed for a protection from abuse order against Guyer, court records said.
The relationship between Guyer and his victim continued, consensually, after she was released on parole in December 2010. In February 2011, the victim attempted to break off the relationship, but Guyer continued to contact her with threatening and harassing letters, according to the prosecution’s sentencing memorandum.
Prosecutors argued that though Guyer does not present a threat of physical harm to the public, his offenses could lead to a potential loss of faith in the system that exists to maintain order and justice.