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Former correctional officer sentenced to jail

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A former correctional officer at the Rappahannock Regional Jail was ordered Tuesday to serve six months in jail after being convicted of sexual assault on a minor.

Kevin Eric Boswell, 35, of Stafford was convicted of three misdemeanors in Stafford Circuit Court: sexual battery, assault and battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

As part of a plea agreement, he was sentenced to a total of 36 months in jail with all but six months suspended.

Boswell had been charged with three far more serious felony charges, including aggravated sexual battery. He has already served about a month and a half in jail, so he only has about 50 more days to serve. People convicted of misdemeanor crimes in Virginia generally serve only half of their total sentence.

Boswell had worked at the regional jail in Stafford County for a number of years prior to his arrest last year. He also served in the military. He has and will serve his time in another regional jail where he is not known to the other inmates.

The initial charges against him stemmed from a girl’s claim that he improperly touched her and got her to touch him numerous times between May 2011 and April 2012.

At a preliminary hearing last year, the girl testified that Boswell’s actions made her feel “completely violated and worthless.”

Defense attorney Mark Murphy said Boswell continues to deny the allegations, but felt his no-contest pleas were in the best interests of everyone involved.

He will not be allowed to resume his law-enforcement career once he gets out of jail.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404