Warden of Federal Women's Prison Accused of Inmate Sexual Abuse

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Sexual Abuse Charges Filed Against Women’s Prison Warden

Sexual Abuse Charges Filed Against Women’s Prison Warden

Oct 6, 2021

The warden of a federal women’s prison in California has been charged with sexually abusing an inmate, authorities confirmed last week.

A statement issued Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed that federal prosecutors unsealed charges accusing Ray J. Garcia, 54, of allegedly:

  • Digitally penetrating at least one of his female wards on multiple occasions
  • Asking at least two inmates to strip naked for him
  • Taking and storing photographs of a naked inmate in a cell

Additionally, the statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office indicates that Garcia is accused of attempting to deter a victim from reporting the sexual abuse by telling her “that he was ‘close friends’ with the individual responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct by inmates and … that he could not be fired.”

A search of Garcia’s work cellphone and computer led law enforcement officials to uncover hundreds of sexually graphic photographs (including photographs of both male and female genitalia and nude photographs of Garcia).

Garcia, a resident of Merced, California, is warden of Bureau of Prison Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) Dublin in the San Francisco Bay area. According to prosecutors, at the time of the alleged sexual abuse he was associate warden. Garcia was reportedly placed on leave in July in connection with an investigation into the aforementioned allegations.

Jail records indicate that Garcia is currently being held without bail in Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, California.

If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Molly K. Priedeman is reportedly prosecuting the case. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General and the FBI.
The all-female FCI Dublin prison located in East Bay is the same location where high-profile inmates Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin recently served time.

Sexual Abuse and Positions of Authority

As we’ve noted on countless occasions in previous blogs, sexual abuse often occurs in settings where a potential perpetrator holds a position of power. In the case of Ray J. Garcia, he allegedly used his position of authority as warden to inflict abuse on powerless inmates. But such sexual abuse incidents can occur virtually anywhere – at schools, in sports, at camps, etc. Protecting yourself and others from grooming can be an important means of preventing sexual abuse.

Recovering Financial Compensation for a Sexual Abuse Claim

If you’ve been victimized by a sexual predator, you have rights under the law. Aside from whatever charges may be brought through the criminal courts, survivors have the option to bring a civil claim in pursuit of recovering maximum financial compensation for various types of losses such as:

  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological harm
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Counseling expenses
  • Medical expenses

By filing a civil claim with Dordulian Law Group (DLG) against your perpetrator, we can fight to help you recover financial compensation for all applicable damages endured as a result of the incident.

California’s Leading Sex Crimes Law Firm

DLG was founded by Sam Dordulian, a former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County who successfully obtained life sentences against some of our community’s most dangerous sexual predators. With Dordulian fighting in your corner, you have access to a level of experience and proven results that simply can’t be found at most other firms.

Dordulian has successfully obtained over 100 jury trial victories throughout his esteemed career which spans more than 25 years. Our unparalleled experience and past results are why sexual abuse survivors throughout the nation consistently choose DLG to handle their claims, obtain justice, and recover maximum financial compensation on their behalf:

  • More than $100,000,000 recovered in settlements and verdicts
  • A 98% success record
  • More than 100 jury trial victories
  • Former sex crimes prosecutor
  • Former Deputy District Attorney for L.A. County
  • In-house Chief Investigator/retired LAPD detective
  • More than 25 years of sex crimes experience

And with DLG, survivors have access to a four-tiered group of sex crime professionals known as the SAJE Team (Sexual Abuse Justice Experts). In addition to having the very best legal representation available in Sam Dordulian, you’ll also have a team of resources and full support network available 24/7.

DLG’s SAJE Team Advantage for Sexual Abuse Survivors

When he founded DLG, Dordulian put together a hand-picked team of professionals (each one offering a unique resource or specialty) which makes up the DLG SAJE Team (Sexual Abuse Justice Experts).

DLG’s SAJE Team is available 24/7 to survivors as a four-tiered network of resources:

  • Litigation Lead: Sam Dordulian, former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County with over 100 jury trial victories and 25 years of experience
  • Investigative Lead: Moses Castillo, in-house Chief Investigator and retired LAPD sex crimes detective in the elite Abused Child Unit with over 30 years of experience
  • Mental Health Lead: In-house licensed clinical therapist with over 15 years of experience specifically assisting sexual assault survivors
  • Advocate Leads: Two licensed and nationally accredited victim advocates who have devoted their lives to helping sexual assault survivors

Our Sexual Assault Justice Experts are here to help survivors secure justice. Contact our top-rated attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

If you’re considering pursuing justice for your sexual abuse crime, don’t settle for an inexperienced or undedicated firm that could jeopardize your claim. Choose the SAJE Team who will fight to ensure you secure the justice you deserve and recover the maximum financial damages award you need to move forward on your own terms.

Contact us today online or by phone at 818-322-4056 for a free, discreet, and no obligation consultation. At DLG, we believe survivors. When you come to us with a claim, we’ll listen to the facts of your case, launch a thorough investigation led by our SAJE Team member and in-house Chief Investigator, Moses Castillo, and develop an aggressive but precise legal strategy based on our decades of experience and past results. We’ll fight tirelessly to ensure you recover the maximum financial damages award you deserve for your sexual abuse claim.

And our No Win/No Fee Guarantee means survivors never have to worry about paying any upfront costs or out-of-pocket expenses when securing the trusted, proven, and best legal representation available. DLG accepts each case on a contingency fee basis, and you do not pay anything until we recover maximum financial compensation for your claim.

DLG represents sexual abuse survivors throughout California and around the nation. When you’re ready to take the first step towards pursuing justice against your perpetrator, the SAJE Team is here for you as your dedicated legal advocates.

Contact us today to learn more about your legal options and how we can help you obtain the justice you deserve through a civil lawsuit in pursuit of a maximum financial damages award.

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