Former Ala. Jailer Gets Four-Year Sentence for Abuse

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A federal judge has sentenced a former Clay County jail administrator to four years in prison for abusing inmates.

U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler ordered the sentence Tuesday for 48-year-old Jeffrey Scott Cotney of Ashland.

Cotney pleaded guilty in February to four counts of deprivation of rights under the color of law. He admitted to coercing one inmate to submit to sex acts on four occasions. He also admitted forcing another inmate to submit to a strip search with no law enforcement justification and improperly touching and grabbing another inmate after ordering him to remove his clothing. Cotney also acknowledged having another male inmate transferred to a state prison in retaliation for rejecting a sexual proposition.

The offenses occurred in the east Alabama county in 2009 and 2010.

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