Inmate who raped Ariz. prison teacher sentenced

Posted at 6:38 PM, Sep 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-14 19:38:51-04

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona inmate who pleaded guilty to raping a prison teacher has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Jacob Harvey was sentenced Monday on rape, assault and kidnapping charges for the January 2014 attack in a classroom at the Eyman state prison in Florence.

The teacher was in the Pinal County courtroom when Harvey was sentenced.

The 21-year-old inmate apologized to the woman, who is suing the state over the attack she says left her traumatized.

Arizona prison officials are appealing a $14,000 fine state workplace safety regulators levied for not protecting the teacher.

Harvey was in the first year of a 30-year sentence for raping a suburban Phoenix woman when he assaulted the teacher. The new sentence starts when the first ends.