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Dublin, CA - Another Federal Women's Prison Staff Member, Nakie Nunley, Sentenced for Sexual Abuse at Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin

Dublin, CA - Another Federal Women's Prison Staff Member, Nakie Nunley, Sentenced for Sexual Abuse at Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin
Published: May 14, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on May 14, 2024

Federal Women's Prison Staff Member Sentenced to Six Years for Sexual Abuse

According to NBC Bay Area, a seventh staff member at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, CA has been sentenced after being convicted of sexual abuse, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Nakie Nunley, a 48-year-old resident of Fairfield, has been handed a six-year prison term following his conviction on multiple charges.

Nunley, who pleaded guilty, was found guilty of four counts of sexual abuse of a ward, five counts of abusive sexual contact, and one count of making false statements during an investigation into a widespread sexual abuse scandal that plagued the prison. Prosecutors revealed that Nunley took advantage of his position overseeing prisoners who worked for UNICOR, a federal prison industries program.

Between March 2020 and November 2021, Nunley engaged in sexual acts with two prisoners, including oral and vaginal sex with one victim and multiple instances of digital penetration with another. Shockingly, he also had sexual contact with three other prisoners at the women's prison.

Nunley retaliated against those who dared to speak out against his misconduct. When confronted by one victim about his behavior with another prisoner, he threatened her with a transfer to a different facility, endangering her job. In another incident, he demanded that a victim expose herself to him, slapping her buttocks repeatedly when she reluctantly complied.

Furthermore, Nunley brazenly lied to federal investigators when questioned about his heinous crimes.

This latest conviction adds to the ever-growing list of indictments, convictions, plea agreements, and sentences involving employees at the Dublin prison, which has been referred to as a "cesspool" by one federal judge. Former warden Ray Garcia, convicted in 2022, is currently serving a nearly six-year sentence for sexually abusing three inmates and lying about it. Additionally, former prison chaplain James Highhouse pleaded guilty in February 2022 and received a seven-year prison term for sexually abusing an inmate from May 2018 to February 2019.

The magnitude of the sex abuse scandal prompted a U.S. district judge to appoint a special master to oversee the prison, labeling it a "dysfunctional mess." This decision came just four days after a new warden was appointed and an extensive sweep of the facility was conducted by FBI agents.

The disturbing pattern of sexual abuse within the Dublin prison highlights the urgent need for comprehensive reforms and greater accountability to protect vulnerable inmates from such abhorrent behavior. The justice system must take swift action to ensure the safety and well-being of those under its care.

Read about Ray Garcia, a prison warden sentenced to 70 months in prison for sexually abusing three female inmates at FCI Dublin. 

Read about James Highhouse, a chaplain at FCI Dublin, sentenced to seven years for sexually abusing one inmate while authorities believe he engaged in predatory conduct with at least six inmates. 

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Examining Legal Rights and Accountability for Survivors of Prison Sexual Assault

In a quest to understand the legal rights of victims and the path to holding negligent parties accountable, we sit down with sexual abuse attorney Bobby Thompson, Esq. Thompson offered valuable information and guidance for those sexually assaulted in women's prisons. Join us as we discuss the legal options available, seeking to ensure justice and support for survivors in the wake of a disturbing scandal at a federal women's prison in Dublin.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Thank you for being here, Mr. Thompson. We're discussing the expanding sexual abuse scandal at a federal women's prison in Dublin. Can you shed some light on the legal rights available for those who have been sexually assaulted in women's prisons?

Bobby Thompson, Esq. (BT): Thank you for having me, Darla. It's an important topic to address. When it comes to sexual assault in women's prisons, the victims have legal rights that should not be overlooked. Despite the challenging circumstances, they are entitled to seek justice and hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions.

DM: Could you provide some insight into the legal avenues available for these victims to pursue justice?

BT: Certainly, Darla. It's crucial for victims to understand that they have the right to report the abuse to prison authorities, law enforcement agencies, or even seek legal representation. They can file complaints against the perpetrators, as well as against the prison itself for failing to provide adequate protection or address known issues of abuse. Additionally, victims may be entitled to compensation for the physical, emotional, and psychological harm they've suffered.

DM: How can victims navigate the legal process and ensure they are properly represented?

BT: First, it's essential for victims to seek legal counsel from experienced attorneys who specialize in sexual assault cases. These attorneys can provide guidance throughout the entire legal process, ensuring victims understand their rights and options. They will help gather evidence, interview witnesses, and build a strong case to hold the negligent parties accountable. It's important for victims to remember that they are not alone, and there are legal professionals who are dedicated to seeking justice on their behalf.

DM: Thank you, Mr. Thompson, for shedding light on the legal rights available to victims of sexual assault in women's prisons. Your information helps us understand how to address this issue and support those who have suffered such abuse.

BT: Thank you, Darla. It's crucial that we continue to raise awareness about these cases and work towards a system that prioritizes the safety and well-being of all inmates. Together, we can strive for justice and accountability.

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