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PHOENIX -- A former Arizona Department of Corrections officer accused of having sex with an inmate in the back of a state prison van has pleaded not guilty.

A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman said 26-year-old Anthony James Marotta entered his plea Tuesday.

Marotta faced two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with an inmate.

The Department of Corrections said Marotta resigned Dec. 31.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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