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Former deputy accused of sexually assaulting inmate pleads guilty

Last November a jail inmate reported that Luke Davis had sexually assaulted her "on more than one occasion."

MORGAN COUNTY, Colo. — A former Morgan County jail deputy pleaded guilty Thursday to a sexual assault charge after two inmates came forward and accused him of sexual assault last year.

Luke Davis of Sterling was arrested in early January on a warrant for two counts of unlawful sexual conduct inside a correctional institution.

The sheriff's office said on Nov. 27, a jail inmate reported that Davis had sexually assaulted her "on more than one occasion." Davis, a sergeant, was immediately put on administrative leave pending an internal investigation and a criminal investigation, the sheriff's office said. 

During the investigation, another woman made similar allegations against Davis, the sheriff's office said. 

On Dec. 4, Davis resigned from the sheriff's office and ceased participating in the internal investigation, the sheriff's office said.

"As the Elected Sheriff of Morgan County, I take the safety and care and custody of our inmate population very seriously," Sheriff Dave Martin said in a news release at the time.

"This type of predatory behavior CANNOT and WILL NOT be tolerated. Our office has cooperated 110% with the DA’s investigators in order to bring this case to prosecution."

Davis is set to be sentenced on May 25.

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