Transport officer accused of raping female inmate in New Mexico

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An inmate transport officer from Minnesota is facing federal charges for allegedly raping a female inmate in New Mexico. 

James Baldinger is accused of assaulting the woman at least twice on a trip from Kentucky to Albuquerque last summer while he was working for a company that transports inmates all over the country. 

If Baldinger is convicted he could face life in prison. 

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