State Corrections Officer rejects plea deal

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - As a State Corrections Officer at the Mohawk Correctional Facility in Rome, 50 year old Donald Hughes has been dealing with inmates for the past 21 years, but he himself could be imprisoned for the next 50 years in the very state system he has worked for.

Friday morning, Hughes, who lives in Floyd, rejected the Oneida County District Attorney's plea offer of 15 years in state prison.

Hughes is facing a possible 50 year prison sentence if convicted on all six counts of sexual acts with minors.

He is accused of sexually abusing a ten year old girl several times, including subjecting her to oral sex.

He is also accused of fondling a twelve year old girl.

Prosecutors are not saying how Hughes knows the young girls.

After Friday's court proceeding, Hughes' attorney, Richard Bach said his client stands by his innocence, "he's traumatized, he's sad, he's tearful. He regrets very much that he's here, not regret because of fault, simply because he was put in this position."

Hughes, who is suspended from his duties as a corrections officer pending this case, faces five sexual counts against the 10 year old girl and the one count of fondling the 12-year-old girl.

He is due back in Oneida County Court on November 3rd.

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