According to CBS SF BayArea, a fourth correctional officer has been charged with sexually abusing an inmate at Federal Correctional Institution, or FCI Dublin located at 5701 8th St, Dublin, CA 94568.
On Tuesday, January 18, 2022, James Theodore Highouse was charged with sexually abusing an inmate. Highouse works at the women's prison as a corrections worker and chaplain. The abuse was alleged to have happened from May 2018 to February 2019 and occurred multiple times. When questioned by the FBI, he lied about the misconduct.
Highouse is the fourth prison guard from FCI Dublin charged with sexual abuse. Two of the agency's officials have announced they will be retiring due to increased suspicions of their lack of leadership, the Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal and its deputy director.
Read about earlier incidents of sexual abuse at the prison: https://legalherald.com/dublin-ca-ray-j-garcia-warden-at-the-federal-correctional-institute-dublin-charged-with-sexually-assaulting-female-inmates/.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson is an experienced sexual abuse lawyer in the state of California. Bobby has represented sex abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits, helping them get the justice they deserve. Bobby recently discussed the legal options available to victims sexually abused by a correctional officer, including their right to file a lawsuit.
"By law, prisons are responsible for maintaining the safety of their inmates in addition to their employees. Their moral and legal duty is to ensure they do not hire predators or allow sexual abuse in the facility. Security monitoring, video surveillance, patrolling officers, and frequent background checks are just some ways that prisons can reduce the risks of sexual abuse. If they fail to maintain this safety plan, they could be considered negligent."
"If a correctional officer sexually abuses inmates, victims may have grounds for a civil suit if the prison did not follow a safety plan to prevent the abuse. When sexual abuse occurs due to the negligence of the prison's authorities, the prison could be held liable. Furthermore, if authorities knew about prior sexual misconduct but the correctional officer was not investigated or reported, their negligence could have allowed the abuse. In cases of security negligence, sexual abuse victims should seek the counsel of an experienced sexual abuse lawyer to determine if they should pursue a civil lawsuit against the prison for financial compensation."