Aggravated sexual assault charges for three
jail guards: two current, one former
[Hillsborough County, NH]

PoliceOne Staff Report
(HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, N.H.) -- A continuing state-federal investigation has led to aggravated assault charges against three Hillsborough County jail guards for allegedly sexually assaulted female inmates in the institution.

Two current and one former guard were arrested Tuesday at their homes in a probe that Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Feith told the Manchester Union-leader, is broader than just the sexual allegations."

Edward Mendoza, 31, of Goffstown, the former guard, and Arthur D. Cooper, 27, of Manchester, were arraigned in Hillsborough County Superior Court North yesterday on single counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, according to the newspaper.

Kirt McKenzie, 33, also of Manchester, was arraigned on two counts. Each count carries a maximum imprisonment upon conviction of 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison.

Cooper and McKenzie are on administrative leave, without pay, pending disposition of their cases, according to Jail Superintendent James M. O'Mara.

Earlier this week guard Thomas Mahoney, 37, of Sanbornton pleaded guilty to a federal charge relating to an assault on an inmate last November. he was sentenced to a year's home detention and two years of supervised release, the newspaper reported.

In January 2000, the INS and the U.S. Marshal's Service moved 250 male and female detainees out of the Manchester jail, stating that there were safety concerns for the detainees.

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