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Former Correctional Officer Sentenced To 14 Months In Prison For Having Sex With An Inmate

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the sentencing of MARK MCSHANE, 37, a former correctional officer, to 14 months in prison for engaging in a sexual relationship with a female inmate. On June 7, 2018, MCSHANE pleaded guilty to a felony information charging him with one count of sexual abuse of a ward. MCSHANE was sentenced earlier today before Senior Judge Donovan W. Frank in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Allyn said, “The sentence handed down today was appropriate for Mr. McShane’s misconduct. When a correctional officer, a person in a position of authority, takes advantage of an inmate, it erodes trust throughout the institution and has a negative impact on every other inmate and employee.”

According to his guilty plea and documents filed in court, MCSHANE was employed as a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Waseca, Minnesota. From November 2016 through January 2017, MCSHANE engaged in a sexually inappropriate relationship with the inmate while she was incarcerated. Subsequently, in February 2017, MCSHANE became extremely intoxicated during a social outing and admitted to co-workers his sexual misconduct with the inmate.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie E. Allyn.


Defendant Information:


Owatonna, Minn.


  • Sexual abuse of a ward, 1 count


  • 14 months in prison
  • Five years of supervised release


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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600

Updated October 11, 2018