Ex-California prison officer accused of sexual misconduct

Ex-California prison officer accused of sexual misconduct

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A former corrections officer at California’s largest women’s prison has been accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with at least 22 inmates, state prison officials said Wednesday.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said it has shared the results of an internal investigation into Gregory Rodriguez, a former officer at the Central California Institution for Women, with the Madera County District Attorney’s Office. No charges have yet been filed against Rodriguez, said Dana Simas, a spokeswoman for the corrections department.

The misconduct at the hands of prison officials “breaks the public trust,” Jeff Macomber, secretary of the corrections department, said in a news release.

“We are continuing this investigation to ensure we are rooting out any law-abiding employees and to search for additional victims,” ​​Macomber said.

The investigation began in July after officials discovered possible sexual conduct by Rodriguez against inmates at the Central California Women’s Center, the department said. The prison is located in Chowchilla, a city in California about 120 miles (190 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco.

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