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Inmate pleads guilty to sexual assault

Posted at 4:00 AM, Dec 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-27 06:00:41-05

An Idaho inmate accused of sexually assaulting a woman while he was working on a Utah wildfire has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery.

Prosecutors announced Monday the woman approved the plea deal so she would not have to testify.

28-year-old Ruben Hernandez was charged with felony rape in August. He was part of a program in which low-level offenders nearing parole are released to cook and clean at fire camps.

Hernandez could face up to a year in jail and restitution when he is sentenced.