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October 14, 2015

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Former Prison Supervisor for Sexual Abuse of a Ward

In Del Rio today, a federal grand jury indicted a former GEO Group’s Val Verde Correctional Facility supervisor for allegedly having sexual relations with a prisoner announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs.

The federal indictment charges 58-year-old Leticia Martinez Garza of Del Rio, with one count of sexual abuse of a ward. According to the indictment, between May 2014 and September 2014, the Laundry, Property and Supply Supervisor knowingly engaged in sexual acts with a federal prisoner who at the time was under her custodial, supervisory, or disciplinary authority.

Upon conviction, Garza faces up to 15 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. Garza is currently on bond awaiting further court proceedings.

This case was investigated by FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Goran Krnaich and Matthew H. Watters.

An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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