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Fifth Federal Prison Worker Charged With Sex Abuse of Inmate

A fifth employee of a federal women’s prison has been indicted on charges relating to sexual abuse of an inmate. The Dublin prison in Northern California, formerly home to well-known actors and one of the nation's few all-female federal prisons, has come under scrutiny for alleged systemic abuse, reports USA Today. Enrique Chavez, 49, a cook supervisor, was charged after the prison’s former warden, prison safety administrator, recycling technician and chaplain were indicted earlier. Members of Congress have urged more scrutiny and investigations into allegations of systemic sexual abuse of inmates by prison officials. An independent audit found the prison met all standards to deter inmate sexual abuse.

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin both did time at the Dublin prison for their involvement in the college admissions bribery scandal. Dublin is one of the 122 federal prisons and one of five all-women prisons in the federal system. Chavez allegedly touched an inmate’s vagina, “breasts and buttocks with an intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade, or arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.” He was arrested in Arizona and is awaiting transfer to Oakland to face these charges. According to court documents, the warrant was issued with no bail. "The government is currently investigating additional suspects for related crimes," prosecutors wrote in its motion to unseal the indictment. "In connection with those investigations, the government plans to execute multiple search warrants."


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