Andrew Jones, Former Cook Supervisor At The Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, Pleaded Guilty To Six Felony Counts of Sexually Abusing Three Female Inmates
DUBLIN, CALIFORNIA (August 8, 2023) – A former cook supervisor at FCI Dublin identified as Andrew Jones has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of felony sexual abuse involving female inmates.
According to his plea agreement, the defendant admitted to receiving oral sex or having intercourse with three female inmates. The victims worked for Andrew Jones in the FCI Dublin kitchen.
He admitted that the abused took place near the FCI Dublin kitchen, a staff bathroom and a warehouse. Andrew Jones also said that he received oral sex from an additional victim in 2020.
He also admitted to having sexual intercourse with yet another victim between March and June of 2021. In addition to the sexual abuse, the defendant also pleaded guilty to making false statements to the government.
This plea agreement comes after the Associated Press reported a rampant culture of sexual abuse at the women only prison.
Liability For Sexual Abuse At FCI Dublin
Sexual violence towards women in prison is very common and much higher than it is for men. According to Springer Nature, “Sexual victimization rates in the female facility were significantly higher than those for male facilities, especially with respect to abusive sexual contact between inmates. On average, 21.2% of female inmates reported experiencing some form of sexual victimization by other inmates, while 7.6% reported experiencing that behavior by staff.” FCI has a particularly disturbing history where women have experienced numerous forms of sexual abuse and assault.
- Female prisoners have described being raped.
- Female prisoners have described being sexually assaulted.
- Female prisoners have described being verbally threatened and retaliated against.
According to California Penal Code 289.6 (a), it is illegal for any member of law enforcement to have a sexual relationship with a person who is incarcerated. It does not matter whether the inmate offered their ‘consent.’ There cannot be meaningful consent in such a situation. Thanks to the passage of Assembly Bill 1455, victims of sexual abuse by correctional officers have additional time to file civil claims. In particular, victims may file a lawsuit up to 10 years after their attacker left the law enforcement agency they were working at when the attack occurred. Sexual abuse is more likely to take place in prison under the following circumstances.
- When correctional officers are not being properly monitored.
- When prisons fail to investigate allegations of sexual abuse.
- When prisons are not adequately staffed.
Abuse tends to thrive in any environment where there is indifference. Enduring sexual abuse is one of the most difficult things that most people will ever go through. It is important that abuse victims understand that they do have rights. Any person that is sexually abused by a police officer or correctional officer may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A sexual abuse attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Legal Help After Sexual Abuse At FCI Dublin
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to all of the women who may have been harmed by the actions of Andrew Jones. His plea deal marks the 8th instance in recent years where a worker at FCI Dublin is known to have sexually abused an inmate. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent any more sexual abuse at this jail going forward.
Have you or someone that you care about been sexually abused by an employee at FCI Dublin? You may have legal recourse. A new bill signed into law in California has given victims of sexual assault additional time to pursue a claim. Our team of sexual abuse attorneys are here to help you in any way that we can. Whether you just have legal questions or want to hold jail employees accountable for their abuse we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.