WASHINGTON – The previous warden of a California girls’s jail, who’s already dealing with federal prices alleging he sexually abused inmates and compelled them to pose nude for him, was charged Tuesday with sexually abusing two different feminine prisoners, the Justice Division mentioned.

Ray Garcia, 55, was the warden on the Federal Correctional Establishment in Dublin, California. An Related Press investigation revealed a tradition of abuse and cover-ups that had continued for years on the jail, a women-only facility known as the “rape membership” by many who realize it.

The Justice Division introduced a superseding indictment towards Garcia on Tuesday charging him with a complete of seven counts of sexually abusive conduct involving three feminine victims who have been serving jail sentences on the federal jail in Dublin, California, and one rely of constructing false statements to authorities brokers.

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The previous warden, arrested final September, is accused of molesting an inmate as she tried to push him away. Garcia made her and one other inmate strip bare as he did rounds and took photos that have been discovered on his private laptop computer pc and government-issued cellular phone when the FBI raided his workplace and residential final summer time, prosecutors mentioned. The abuse occurred on a number of events from December 2019 to March 2020 and ended when the pandemic exploded and girls have been locked of their cells, the Justice Division has mentioned.

“In the event that they’re undressing, I’ve already appeared,” Garcia, 54, informed the FBI in July 2021, in accordance with courtroom information. “I don’t, like, schedule a time like ‘you be undressed, and I’ll be there.’”

Garcia, who retired a month after his arrest, can be accused of utilizing his authority to intimidate considered one of his victims, telling her that he was “shut mates” with the particular person accountable for investigating workers misconduct and boasting that he couldn’t be fired, prosecutors mentioned.

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Garcia pleaded not responsible to the preliminary prices towards him, and his lawyer has declined the AP’s repeated requests for an interview. A message in search of remark was left with Garcia’s lawyer on Tuesday.

The brand new indictment additionally alleges that Garcia sexually abused two different feminine inmates between March 2020 and July 2021. The Justice Departments alleges Garcia touched the three girls “in a sexual method” and that he had “requested a number of inmates to undress for him at a particular time.”

The indictment alleges that he sexually abused one of many girls in a jail lavatory subsequent to a visitation room and in jail warehouse. Prosecutors say Garcia pressured one other girl to the touch his genitals within the laundry room and grabbed the third girl’s buttocks within the jail’s electrical store.

The indictment additionally alleges that Garcia lied to federal brokers who requested him if he had ever requested inmates to undress for him or had inappropriately touched a feminine inmate.

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4 different Dublin staff have been charged with sexual abuse of inmates since June 2021. Others embrace a meals service foreman and a jail chaplain. Two of the arrested staff have pleaded responsible. One is scheduled to be sentenced subsequent week.

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