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NC probation officer indicted on rights charges

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials say a probation officer with the North Carolina Department of Corrections has been indicted on civil rights charges for coercing a probationer he was supervising into sexual acts.

The Department of Justice said Friday 47-year-old Willie James Steele Jr. was indicted on two counts of deprivation of rights and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

An indictment filed in the Western District of North Carolina says Steele engaged in acts leading to the woman's injury and which constituted aggravated sexual abuse. The indictment also says Steele used and carried a firearm during that offense, and that he violated the woman's rights on a second occasion.

There was no immediate word on whether Steele has an attorney.

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