Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Former Corrections Officer to Face Trial on Sex Charge

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Former Corrections Officer to Face Trial on Sex Charge

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A former Topeka Correctional Facility officer was bound over for a May jury trial Tuesday in Shawnee County District Court on allegations he had unlawful sexual relations with an inmate in August 2013.

Bryon P. Dixon, 38, of Topeka, was employed at TCF until Nov. 14, 2013.

His preliminary hearing took place at 4 p.m. in front of Judge David Debenham.

Debenham bound Dixon over for a jury trial after assistant district attorney Charles Kitt called two witnesses to the stand -- inmate Loan Huong Tran, 33, and Mike Custenborder, an investigator at TCF.

Custenborder told the court Dixon and Tran could be seen on video recordings going into a "broom closet," where Tran allegedly performed oral sex on Dixon.

Tran, who was serving time at TCF on drug charges in August 2013, testified that she and Dixon had flirted for one to two months before a sexual encounter on Aug. 31, 2013.

She said she had spent about eight months at the women's prison before the alleged incident. Dixon and Tran had talked about their astrological signs, his full name and his shoe size.

"That's flirting?" defense attorney Cindy Sewell asked Tran.

"In prison, it is," Tran answered.

Tran also said she showed Dixon her breasts when he asked to "see something."

Tran was cleaning the "day room" of her prison dormitory late Aug. 30 and into the early morning hours of Aug. 31 when Dixon approached her, Tran said.

"He said he had somewhere for us to go," she said.

Tran followed Dixon to a "broom closet," and the two began kissing, Tran said. She said she then stroked Dixon's penis and performed oral sex on him.

"I didn't want to have sexual intercourse," said Tran, who is serving time again at TCF for separate drug charges.

The oral sex only lasted about two minutes, Tran said. Then, she said, Dixon put his penis back in his pants and left the closet. Tran waited about a minute and then left the closet and went back to her room, she said. …

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