Former Idaho prison guard gets 12 years for child enticement

Ada County 4th District Judge Jason Scott sentenced Thomas Sammons, 39, to 12 years in prison last week for enticement of a child.

Sammons, an ex-prison captain, pleaded guilty to the felony charge and could be eligible for parole after three years are served. He was sentenced on May 5.

Law enforcement began an investigation into Sammons last year after the victim’s mother contacted Kuna police. She had found suspicious text messages on her daughter’s cellphone. Sammons was fired in May 2016 by the Idaho Department of Correction.

Sammons worked at the Idaho State Correctional Institution. He previously worked for the Corrections Corporation of America, a private company that operated the medium-security Idaho State Correctional Center until the state took it over in July 2014.