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Female prison guard trainee charged with inmate sex in chapel

ROCKVIEW, Pa. -- A female prison guard trainee has been charged by the state Department of Corrections with having sex with an inmate - in the chapel of a central Pennsylvania prison.

Online court records don't list an attorney for 27-year-old Rebecca Zong, of Boalsburg. She faces a preliminary hearing Dec. 3 on a charge of institutional sexual assault.

Investigators say the sex was consensual, but under Pennsylvania law inmates aren't considered able to voluntarily have sex with their captors.

Zong was charged Monday.

Investigators say she began a relationship with an inmate at the State Correctional Institution-Rockview in the spring. After writing him a sexually explicit note, Zong allegedly had sex behind the stage of the prison's chapel in April and May.

Zong doesn't have a listed home phone.

In Baltimore last year, four female prison guards became pregnant with one inmate, according to authorities who busted a major smuggling gang inside the jail system.

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