Sex Crimes

Inmate pleads guilty to raping Arizona prison teacher in case that led to fine against state

FILE - This Jan. 30, 2014, file photo from the Arizona Department of Corrections, shows Jacob Harvey, accused of attacking a state prison teacher in Florence, Ariz. The Arizona inmate has pleaded guilty Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, to raping a prison teacher and will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. (Arizona Department of Corrections via AP, File)

FILE - This Jan. 30, 2014, file photo from the Arizona Department of Corrections, shows Jacob Harvey, accused of attacking a state prison teacher in Florence, Ariz. The Arizona inmate has pleaded guilty Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, to raping a prison teacher and will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. (Arizona Department of Corrections via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

An Arizona inmate has pleaded guilty to raping a prison teacher and will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Jacob Harvey entered the plea on rape, assault and kidnapping charges Monday for attacking the teacher in a classroom at the Eyman state prison in Florence in January 2014. The teacher was in the Pinal County courtroom when the 21-year-old changed his plea. Sentencing is next month.

The woman is suing the state over an attack she says left her traumatized.

Arizona prison officials are appealing a $14,000 fine state workplace safety regulators levied for not protecting the teacher.

Harvey was in the first year of a 30-year sentence for raping a suburban Phoenix woman when he assaulted the teacher. The new sentence starts when the first ends.