ALFRED, Maine (AP) - A former Maine corrections officer who gained national attention when he donated his kidney to a woman last year has been charged with sexually assaulting a female inmate he was responsible for supervising.

A jury recently indicted 31-year-old Joshua Dall-Leighton, of Standish, on charges that include gross sexual assault.

Authorities allege Dall-Leighton had sexual contact with the inmate between December 2015 and February 2016. They say the incidents happened in a van owned by the Southern Maine Re-entry Center in Alfred- where Dall-Leighton worked.

Dall-Leighton was tasked with transporting the inmate to her Sanford workplace.

His attorney told The Portland Press Herald that Dall-Leighton denies the accusations.

Dall-Leighton made headlines when he responded to a kidney donation plea written on a car window. The transplant was performed in June 2015.

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11/16/2016 6:02:00 AM (GMT -5:00)