Ex-guard pleads guilty to CSC with inmates

Jonathan Kermeen (file photo)

WEST OLIVE, Mich. (WOOD) – A former Ottawa County corrections officer has pleaded guilty to having sexual relationships with two female inmates at the Ottawa County Jail while on duty.

Jonathan Kermeen was scheduled to go on trial Wednesday. But on Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to at least one count  second-degree criminal sexual conduct against a prisoner.

In exchange for the plea, the prosecutor agreed not to file additional charges against him in connection to the two named victims and a third woman.

Court documents detail a four- to five-minute encounter with one inmate in June 2013, in which Kermeen said he kissed and fondled the bare breast of an inmate. On another occasion in September 2013 in a medical area of the facility, Kermeen admitted to far more lewd behavior.

Kermeen told Ottawa County detectives that he became sexually aroused during all of the incidents. That arousal is a necessary component for conviction.

Allegations were brought forward in October 2013. Kermeen was arrested and arraigned a month later, and terminated from the department.

He will be sentenced in March.

Kermeen worked nine years with the corrections department.

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