Ex-Texas prison system parole officer convicted of bribery gets 5 years in federal prison

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HOUSTON — A now-former parole officer in the Texas prison system has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for accepting bribes from a suspected heroin dealer.

Crystal M. Washington, also known as Crystal Bureau, worked at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice office in Houston before being arrested and fired.

Washington in December was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, plus conspiracy to commit extortion.

Prosecutors say Washington, who was sentenced Friday, accepted bribes from the drug-related parolee from 2009 and 2012. She also warned the parolee about a Houston police investigation.

Investigators say Washington also accepted bribe money from another parolee in May 2012.

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