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Director of women’s prison accused of sexually abusing inmate

The warden of the East Bay Women’s-Only Federal Prison, where Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin recently served, has been charged with sexually abusing an inmate.

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday exposed charges accusing Ray J. Garcia of repeatedly sexually assaulting an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institute in Dublin, sexually harassing another inmate and storing footage on his Bureau of Prisons work computer that showed the victim of the assault naked in his cell.

Garcia, 54, is accused of numerically penetrating an inmate on multiple occasions while he was deputy warden. As such, Garcia had disciplinary authority over women inside the prison, one of the few all-female facilities in the federal correctional system.

According to the complaint, Garcia physically assaulted the woman and when she pushed her hand away, he placed his hand on her genitals.

Garcia, a resident of Merced, also asked him and at least one other inmate to undress for him when he made his rounds, prosecutors said, adding that he also showed photos of his genitals to women he is accused of assaulting.

Prosecutors said that in order to prevent the inmate from reporting his behavior, Garcia told him that he was “a close friend” of the person investigating the inmate misconduct allegations and that he was not could not be fired.

A search of Garcia’s cell phone and work computer revealed hundreds of sexually-oriented photographs, including images of male and female genitalia and nude photographs of Garcia, according to court records.

Garcia was put on administrative leave in July as part of the investigation. He is being held without bail at Santa Rita Prison in Alameda County in Dublin, according to prison records. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $ 250,000.

During Garcia’s tenure in prison, Loughlin served two months for his conviction in the college admissions scandal. Huffman served 11 days in the low-security prison following his conviction in the same “Varsity Blues” scandal.

Garcia is the second Dublin prison official accused of sexual abuse. In June, correctional guard Ross Klinger, 36, was charged with sexually assaulting two inmates.

According to federal prosecutors, Klinger had sex with at least one inmate between April and October 2020, continuing after he was transferred to a halfway house in San Diego, and also had sex with a second inmate. .

Prosecutors allege Klinger told the two inmates that he wanted to father their children and that he planned to marry them. He is also said to have given the women and their families money and gifts.

Other officers have been charged in civil abuse litigation at the prison.

In 2019, an inmate sued the jail alleging that a male correctional officer sexually assaulted her and that two of his co-workers helped him cover it up for a year before finally reporting it.

The woman said she was in a labor camp at the prison when a guard took her to isolated areas to sexually assault her. Those named in the trial have not been charged.