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Ex-U.S. Prison Warden Now Charged With Seven Counts of Sexual Abuse

The former warden of a California federal women’s prison already facing federal charges alleging he sexually abused inmates and forced them to pose nude for him, was charged this week with sexually abusing two other female prisoners, the Justice Department said. Ray Garcia, 55, was the warden at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, Ca. An investigation led by the Associated Press revealed a trend of abuse and cover-ups at the women-only facility that was named the "rape club" by many who know it. Now, Garcia is charged with a total of seven counts of sexually abusive conduct involving three women victims who were serving sentences at the federal prison and one count of making false statements to government agents, the Associated Press reports.

The former warden is accused of molesting an inmate as she attempted to push him away. Then, Garcia made her and another inmate strip naked as he did rounds and took pictures that were found on his personal laptop computer and government-issued cell phone when the FBI raided his office and home last summer. The abuse happened on many occasions from December 2019 to March 2020 and ended only when the pandemic began and women were locked in their cells. Garcia, who retired a month after his arrest in September, is also accused of using his authority to intimidate one victim, telling her that he has connections with the person responsible for investigating staff misconduct and boasting that he could not be fired. The new indictment also alleges that Garcia sexually abused two other female inmates between March 2020 and July 2021. Garcia allegedly touched the three women “in a sexual manner” and that he had “asked multiple inmates to undress for him at a specific time.” Garcia allegedly sexually abused one of the women in a prison bathroom next to a visitation room and in prison warehouse. Prosecutors say Garcia forced another woman to touch his genitals in the laundry room and grabbed the third woman’s buttocks in the prison’s electrical shop.


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