The former Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy who lost his job over allegations of sex with inmates has been formerly charged by the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office, according to Bay City News.
Patrick Morseman, of Vallejo, pleaded not guilty Monday to four felonies for unlawful sex acts with two consenting female inmates and faces a maximum sentence of five years in state prison if convicted, the DA announced.
An attorney for the inmates, however, contends that the sex was not consensual and that Moresman assaulted them, according to Bay City News. Moresman remains free after posting bail. His next court date is set for June 13.
Morseman was arrested April 4 after prosecutors said he engaged in oral copulation and sexual intercourse with the inmates in a jail cell during his shift at the West County Detention Facility on March 31.
In the statement after Morseman’s arrest, Contra Costa Sheriff David Livingston said the actions of one deputy “are criminal, offensive and do not reflect on the good work of the other one-thousand employees of the Office of the Sheriff.”