Ex-Pa. prison guard gets probation for providing items to inmates in exchange for sex

MUNCY — A former state corrections officer was placed on probation for two years and fined $4,000 for supplying contraband to inmates in exchange for sexual favors.

Brian T. Scott, 51, of Humlock Creek, was sentenced by Lycoming County Senior Judge Kenneth D. Brown on Tuesday pursuant to a plea agreement.

The former sergeant at the all-female Muncy State Correctional Facility pleaded guilty in December to two consolidated counts of official oppression that included offenses the judge said could have resulted in a prison sentence.

Scott had admitted that between October 1, 2020 and January 6, 2021, he provided commissariat and passed notes to inmates in exchange for sexual favors which included exposing their breasts.

He confirmed allegations in the arrest affidavit that included digitally penetrating an inmate into a closet and supplying e-cigarettes containing suboxone and Lyrica.

District Attorney Ryan C. Gardner said the inmates opted out of sentencing. Two of them were paroled, he said.

Several filed victim impact statements in which they said they no longer trusted correctional officers. Brown referred to them telling Scott that his conduct will have a lasting effect on the inmates.

He also cited the opinion of Miranda K. Barbour, one of the Sunbury Craigslist killers, that Scott should never again be allowed to work in a position where he had power over others.

It probably will, the judge said.

Barbour and her husband Elytte are serving life sentences for the 2013 murder of Troy LaFerrara, 42, of Port Trevorton. He’s in a men’s prison.

They were dubbed the Craigslist killers because she used the social media site to arrange a November 11, 2013 encounter with LaFerrara who was later killed in their car in Sunbury and his body left in an alley.

Defense attorney Paul Petcavage acknowledged the seriousness of the crimes but said his client suffered by losing his job.

Scott had been a corrections officer since 2008 and transferred to Muncy after Retreat State Prison closed in 2020.

Official oppression charges to which Scott pleaded guilty included allegations of supplying contraband to inmates, institutional sexual assault, and obstructing a government function.

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