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Male warden of California women-only prison accused of sexually assaulting woman detained there and taking nude photos of her, DOJ says


Dublin Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California. Anda Chu / MediaNews Group / The Mercury News via Getty Images

  • Ray J. Garcia is accused of sexually abusing a woman in a prison he kept in California.

  • The DOJ cited a complaint alleging that it “had digitally penetrated the victim on multiple occasions.”

  • Garcia faces 15 years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000 if convicted, the DOJ said.

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The director of a federal women’s prison in California has been charged with sexually abusing a woman detained there, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday.

Ray J. Garcia, 54, was working as a deputy director at the Federal Corrections Institute in the city of Dublin, near San Francisco, at the time of the allegations, the Justice Department said. He was put on administrative leave in July, the ministry said.

The DOJ cited a complaint alleging that it “had digitally penetrated the victim on multiple occasions.” The woman has not been named.

In one case, the DOJ said, Garcia is accused of assaulting the woman first and then moving her hand over her genitals when she pushed her hand away.

Garcia is also accused of taking pictures of the naked woman and showing her pictures of his penis on his phone.

The DOJ said the complaint accused Garcia of trying to prevent the woman from reporting him by telling him that he could not be fired because he was “a close friend” of the person charged with investigating. the allegations of the detainees.

As part of his prison duties, Garcia had led sexual assault training for staff in 2019 and 2020, the DOJ said.

Garcia, who has been charged with one count of sexual abuse of a ward, first appeared in court on Wednesday and is scheduled to appear in court on November 12, the DOJ said.

He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000 if convicted, the DOJ said.

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