American Justice Notebook

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Federal Corrections Officer Charged with Sexual Assaulting Three Female Inmates

A federal correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin (FCI Dublin) was named in a 12-count indictment charging him for sexually assaulting three female inmates, according to officials.

According to the indictment, Darrell Wayne Smith, 54, now residing in Florida, was employed at FCI Dublin as a correctional officer when he engaged in sexual acts and sexual contact with three female inmates who were then serving prison sentences.

The indictment describes 12 incidents between May 2019 and May 2021, during which Smith allegedly engaged in illegal sexual contact and acts with his victims, including digitally penetrating a victim’s anus using force.

“For years, the defendant allegedly used his position of authority, as a federal corrections officer, to commit unspeakable acts of abuse and violence against multiple victims in a correctional institution,” said FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate. 

“This indictment shocks the conscience of anyone reading it,” said U.S. Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey for the Northern District of California. “The alleged conduct falls far below the minimum standards of decency required – much less, the standards of integrity expected – of any Bureau of Prisons employee. Rest assured, the Department will root out any such conduct and prosecute all persons who are responsible.”

Each alleged victim is identified in the indictment by initials and was in official detention under Smith’s custodial, supervisory, and disciplinary authority at the time of the alleged illegal conduct, officials stated.

In addition, each count in the indictment corresponds with one encounter during which Smith allegedly engaged in unlawful sexual acts or contact with one of the victims.

Smith is charged with five counts of sexual abuse of a ward, six counts of abusive sexual contact, and one count of aggravated sexual abuse. 

Smith faces up to life in prison if convicted of the charges. Smith is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Molly Priedeman and Andrew Paulson for the Northern District of California are prosecuting the case with the assistance of Leeya Kekona.