Woman sentenced for having sex with inmate

A 47-year-old woman who was accused of having sexual contact with an inmate at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln has been given 180 days in jail. Court records say Lidia DeLavio pleaded no contest on Feb. 28 to obstructing government operations.  

A court affidavit says a prison worker reported that she saw DeLavio perform a sex act on inmate Troy Hess in a prison classroom on Sept. 13. Hess and DeLavio denied there was any sexual contact. Prison visitors are not allowed to have any sexual contact with inmates, even if the contact is consensual. The affidavit says DeLavio was officially listed as volunteer clergy and that her time with Hess was described as a clergy visit.