A former Alabama federal prison guard gets 18 months for sex with inmates in the laundry room


A former Alabama federal prison guard has been sentenced to life in prison for having sex with an inmate in a laundry room and asking a colleague to lie about it.

Eric Todd Ellis, 32, a former Bureau of Prisons correction officer at the Federal Correctional Institution at the Ellisville facility, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and five years of supervised release.

Ellis has previously pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a ward and one count of conspiracy.

The sexual act occurred on June 11, 2020.

On September 5, 2020, during an investigation by the Inspector General’s Office, Ellis told his colleague, “Just tell (the OIG agent), we are friends but, I mean, you weren’t really there. .

Ellis admitted in the plea agreement that he made those statements because he was trying to persuade the other correctional officer to provide false information to OIG agents about sexual harassment of women inmates.

Ellis faces up to 15 years in prison.

“The sexual abuse of prison inmates by federal correctional officers is intolerable,” said Prim Escalona, ​​U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.

“My office will investigate and prosecute any officers who violate their oath. As today’s sentence is simplified, officers who abuse inmates face significant jail time for their crime.

The case was investigated by the Atlanta Division of OIG. The case was prosecuted by Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Posey and Robin Mark, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, and Farah Gold, Special Counsel, and Trial Attorney Anna Gottfried, Criminal Division of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

“Prison employees who abuse their positions of power and then try to cover up their crimes to sexually assault their captives are held accountable,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clark of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. “The Civil Rights Division will continue to seek justice for victims of sexual assault, including in the custody and control of law enforcement officers.”

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