DUBLIN – In the latest shocking allegation of sexual abuse by an employee of East Bay’s low-security federal women’s prison, the director of FCI Dublin has been accused of sexually assaulting an incarcerated woman and assuring that she would be helpless if she tried to put a stop to it.

This is the third time in two years that an employee of FCI Dublin has been charged with abusing his authority to sexually assault an incarcerated woman; two of the allegations resulted in federal charges. Earlier this year, former prison guard Ross Klinger was accused of sexually abusing two women at the prison, including a woman he allegedly proposed to and gave gifts to.

But the latest accusation of sexual violence goes all the way to the top. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors unsealed a charge against manager Ray J. Garcia, 54, who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman, sexually harassing another and keeping nude photos of the victim of sexual assault – taken in his cell – on his work computer. . In one incident, Garcia forced the alleged victim to place her hand over her genitals, according to federal prosecutors.

“Furthermore, the complaint alleges that Garcia asked the victim, and at least one other inmate, to strip naked for him when he made his rounds at FCI Dublin,” prosecutors wrote in a press release Wednesday. . “As detailed in the complaint, Garcia told the victim that he was ‘close friends’ of the person investigating the allegations of inmate misconduct and told the victim that he could not be In addition, law enforcement located hundreds of sexually oriented photographs — including photographs of male and female genitalia and nude photographs of Garcia — on Garcia’s work cell phone issued by ( le) Bureau of Prisons.

Garcia himself was responsible for training employees on the Prison Rape Elimination Act, a federal law designed to prevent exactly the type of things that prosecutors say happened at the prison under his watch. The U.S. attorney’s statement says Garcia was the associate warden of the prison at the time of the offense.

Garcia was charged with precinct sexual abuse and made his first appearance before a federal judge on Wednesday, prosecutors say. He was being held without bail at Santa Rita Prison in Dublin, according to prison records.

If convicted, Garcia could face up to 15 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

In Klinger’s case, prosecutors charged him with sexually abusing two women incarcerated in prison. The complaint alleges that he stayed in contact with the two women and had video visits with one of them after being transferred to a federal prison in San Diego. He used a pseudonym to avoid being caught, according to the complaint.

But the allegations don’t stop there. In 2019, a woman incarcerated at FCI Dublin sued the prison, accusing warden William Martinez of sexually assaulting her and others of helping to cover her up. According to the allegations – which the defendants filed court documents denying – the director before Garcia, Charleston Iwuagwu, authorized the placement of the woman in solitary confinement for three months “until she confessed to what Martinez had do”.

“(Correctional officers) Bruce West and Joel Eddings (direct supervisors of the woman’s work) knew that Martinez was sexually abusing her. Not only did West and Eddings fail to protect her from the known sexual abuse for over a year, they taunted her about it, on one occasion telling her, ‘Let the games begin,'” says the trial.

That newspaper removed the woman’s name based on a policy of not naming alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent.

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