A former corrections officer at one of the country’s few federal prisons for women sexually abused three inmates. US prosecutors announced this in a new indictment this week.
John Russell Bellhouse, who worked as an officer at the Federal Correctional Institute Dublin in Alameda County, was originally charged in February with one charge of sexually abusing an inmate.
On Thursday, Bellhouse was charged with sexual abuse against two other inmates and charged with two more counts of abuse against the first victim.
“Both victims 2 and 3 are described as inmates who were serving their sentences at FCI Dublin at the time of the sexual abuse and were also under the care of Bellhouse,” the US Attorney’s Office said in a press release.
Overall, Bellhouse faces two counts of one-ward sexual abuse and four counts of sexually abusive contact.
“The additional indictments unsealed today demonstrate the priority the Justice Department has given to prosecuting cases of sexual misconduct by Bureau of Prison officials,” Deputy Atty said. General Lisa O. Monaco said in the press release. “We will not tolerate prison officials who betray the trust placed in them to care for those in their care safely and humanely.”
Bellhouse is one of several FCI Dublin officers charged with sexual abuse in recent months.
The facility, 20 miles southeast of Oakland, has been dubbed a “rape club” by workers and inmates, according to an Associated Press investigation, belying a culture of abuse.
Last year Warden Ray J. Garcia was charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting one inmate, sexually harassing another and storing nude photos of one inmate on his Bureau of Prisons computer.
In January, a former prison chaplain was indicted on five federal charges. including sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-01/correctional-officer-sexually-abused-three-inmates-at-fci-dublin-federal-prosecutors-say Correctional officer sexually abused three inmates at FCI Dublin, federal prosecutors say