ANGLETON — A Stringfellow prison guard was taken into custody Wednesday morning on charges he forced an inmate to perform a sex act.

Casmir Irielle, 40, of Angleton, then is accused of threatening to tell other prisoners about the inmate’s sexual assault of a child conviction, court documents state.

“In a penitentiary environment... he would be subject to physical assault and even death if it became common knowledge that he was convicted of this charge,” the document states.

Irielle was charged with first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault and he faces up to life in prison if convicted.

The inmate told Texas Department of Criminal Justice investigators Irielle came into his cubicle at one of the prison dorms and forced him to perform a sex act, court documents state. The inmate was serving his sentence at the Stringfellow Unit, just outside Rosharon.

TDCJ investigators took DNA evidence from the inmate which matched Irielle’s DNA, said John Moriarty, TDCJ inspector general.

“We received a warrant for his arrest after we got the DNA results,” Moriarty said. “We have a zero tolerance policy on sexual assault.”

Irielle started working for TDCJ in February 2009 as a guard at the Stringfellow Unit, TDCJ spokeswoman Michelle Lyons said. He was still employed with TDCJ on Wednesday but most likely will be placed on paid, administrative leave due to his arrest, she said. He will not be allowed back at work.

The inmate still is serving his sentence for sex assault of a child at the Stringfellow Unit, according to TDCJ online records.

Brazoria County District Attorney Jeri Yenne said she could not speak about the case.

“We would not comment on pending litigation,” she said.

Moriarty said the alleged assault angers him because it tarnishes the reputation of TDCJ guards.

“It makes the 99 percent of the ones doing a good job look bad,” he said.

Irielle was at the Brazoria County Detention Center late Wednesday on $75,000 bond.

John Tompkins is senior reporter for The Facts. Contact him at 979-849-8581.

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