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Chicago prison guard accused of bribery

CHICAGO — A 51-year-old guard at a federal prison in downtown Chicago has been indicted on bribery charges for allegedly breaking rules regarding inmate contraband.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Tony Henderson is charged with five counts of bribery in an indictment. A conviction carries a maximum 15-year prison term on each count.

The Portage, Ind., man has been a guard at the Metropolitan Correctional Center since 1996. He was placed on administrative leave in September.

A news release from prosecutors says Henderson is accused of taking bribes five times in 2012, but offers few details.

It does say Henderson's case isn't connected to the dramatic escape of two inmates from the same high-rise prison in December. Both men were later captured.

A message seeking comment from Henderson's attorney wasn't immediately returned.

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