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      Former jailer charged with having sex with inmate in Willacy County

      A former jailer is behind bars after being accused of having sex with a female inmate at a private detention center in Willacy County.

      Federal authorities arrested 31-year-old Edwin Rodriguez on a sexual abuse of a ward charge.

      The former jailer is accused of having sex with a female inmate at the Willacy County Regional Detention Facility in Raymondville back in October 2008.

      A federal grand jury in Brownsville indicted Rodriguez in the case on Tuesday but the case had remained sealed until Thursday morning.

      Rodriguez appeared before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Felix Recio on Thursday morning.

      Judge Recio denied bond for Rodriguez until a Monday afternoon hearing.

      Officials with the Management & Training Corporation (MTC), which owns the detention center, issued the following statement about the case:

      MTC can TMt comment about the specifics of this indictment as it is an open legal proceeding. MTC has a zero tolerance policy for this type of activity. The company has an absolute expectation for the professional behavior of all employees. We have and will cooperate fully with authorities in their investigation of the alleged sexual abuse.