A judge on Monday set bail at 10 percent of $3,500 for a former prison guard accused of having sex with a parolee.
Anoroy Yosef Loyuk, 26, was arrested by the Nebraska State Patrol and booked into Lancaster County Jail on Thursday on suspicion of first-degree sexual abuse of an inmate or parolee, a felony.
In Loyuk's first court appearance since his arrest, the prosecutor asked Judge James Foster to set bail at 10 percent of $20,000, but Foster put it at less than one-fifth of that amount after reviewing Loyuk's file for about 60 seconds.
Loyuk has no criminal history in Nebraska, according to a state criminal justice database. Moreover, he passed a background check before he was hired by the Department of Correctional Services in May 2008, Corrections Director Robert Houston said.
Loyuk most recently worked at the Community Corrections Center in Lincoln, the department said.
Police believe Loyuk had sex with the parolee some 15 times starting early last month, according to court documents that say he was off-duty and out of uniform during the encounters.
State law forbids corrections employees from having sex with inmates or parolees, even if it's consensual.
Prison guards control nearly every aspect of inmates' lives -- where they live, when they eat, when they can get out of their cells, etc. -- Houston said.
"That's a lot of control over another human being," Houston said.
Such an imbalance of power leaves inmates and parolees unable to consent to sex with their overseers, Houston said.
"They really can't make the same types of decision you and I can make," he added.
Loyuk resigned Thursday before troopers arrested him, according to corrections spokeswoman Dawn-Renee Smith.