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5th worker charged with sex abuse at federal women's prison

Federal Prisons
Posted at 1:25 PM, Mar 23, 2022

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fifth worker at a federal women’s prison in California has been charged with sexually abusing an inmate, and prosecutors say more arrests are expected at the lockup.

Enrique Chavez is a food service foreman at the federal correctional institution in Dublin, California.

He's accused of touching an inmate’s breasts, buttocks and genitals in October 2020, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday in federal court.

Chavez was indicted on March 10, while a Bureau of Prisons task force was at Dublin speaking with inmates and staff about ways to eliminate a culture of abuse at the prison.

He was arrested Sunday in Arizona and had been on administrative leave for several months.