Sentence Reflects Upward Departure from U.S. Sentencing Guidelines; Longest Sentence to Date Involving Sexual Abuse at FCI Dublin
A former correctional officer from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) has been sentenced to 96 months in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. The officer, Andrew Jones, 36, pleaded guilty on August 17 and was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Jones was found guilty of sexually abusing multiple female inmates and making false statements while working as a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Dublin, California.
According to his plea agreement, Jones was employed at FCI Dublin as a correctional officer responsible for overseeing prisoners in the Food Services Department. He confessed that between July 2020 and June 2021, while having authority over the female prisoners, he engaged in sexual activities with three of them who worked in the FCI Dublin kitchen. Jones admitted to receiving oral sex and having sexual intercourse with these prisoners in various locations near the kitchen, including a staff bathroom, a warehouse, and a room where kitchen utensils were stored.
In a memorandum submitted in relation to Jones' sentencing, the government contended that Jones compelled the prisoners into silence and submission through the use of violence and threats. The memorandum stated that his tactics involved a combination of intimidation, insults, and flattery, all with the aim of grooming compliant prisoners whom he could exploit for his own sexual gratification. He operated under the misguided belief that his misconduct would never be reported.
To summarize, Jones admitted guilt to six charges of sexually abusing three inmates under his care, as well as one count of making false statements to the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (DOJ-OIG).
Jones is among a group of eight correctional officers who have faced federal charges related to sexual misconduct at FCI Dublin in the last three years. He is the fourth officer to receive a sentence. It is important to note that all the recent sentences for FCI Dublin guards convicted of sexually abusing a ward or engaging in abusive sexual contact with a prisoner have exceeded the recommended guidelines set by the U.S Sentencing Guidelines.
“The defendant's conduct, sexually abusing inmates and threatening violence to keep them silent, is sick and reprehensible,” said FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate. “Today’s sentencing comes amid relentless efforts to prevent abuse and misconduct by corrections personnel entrusted with the care and protection of others. The FBI will continue to work with partners to ensure the physical safety and civil rights of all individuals and hold accountable any public servant who abuses a position of trust.”