By Marty Roney
Montgomery Advertiser
 WETUMPKA -- A former guard at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women has been indicted on charges he allegedly forced a female inmate to perform a sex act. 

David L. Sims, 38, of 4601 Coventry Road in Montgomery, was picked up Wednesday night by Montgomery authorities, said Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin. Sims was indicted on one count of sodomy by the recently completed Elmore County grand jury. 

Sims worked about three years as a guard at Tutwiler, said Brian Corbett, spokesman for the Depart- ment of Corrections. Sims resigned Dec. 30, 2002, shortly after Luciel Nelson, the alleged victim's mother, approached authorities about the matter. 

Sims resigned "in lieu of termination," Corbett said. 

Nelson could not be reached for comment. 

Court records did not list an attorney for Sims, who remains in the Elmore County Jail on $10,000 bond. The jail is across U.S. 231 from Tutwiler prison. 

Arrest reports show Sims now works at Russell Mill's Coosa River Plant in Wetumpka. Human resources officials at the Coosa River Plant could not be reached for comment. 

Sodomy in the first degree is a Class A felony, said Elmore County District Attorney Randall Houston. If found guilty, Sims could face from 10 years to life in prison. 

"This case involves the abuse of authority and the abuse of public trust," Houston said. "It doesn't matter the victim in this case is a prison inmate and the abuser is a former prison guard. This office will prosecute anyone who breaks the law."