HOUSTON (AP) — A parole officer in the Texas prison system has been convicted of three bribery-related counts and faces up to 60 years behind bars.
A federal jury in Houston on Tuesday convicted 53-year-old Crystal M. Washington, also known as Crystal Bureau. Washington was a parole officer at a Texas Department of Criminal Justice office in Houston before being arrested and fired.
Prosecutors say Washington accepted bribes from a suspected heroin dealer from 2009 to 2012 and warned the parolee of a Houston police investigation.
She was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, plus conspiracy to commit extortion. Prosecutors say Washington in May 2012 also accepted money from a parolee cooperating in the investigation.
Washington remains free on bond pending sentencing but must wear an electronic monitor.
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