Sept. 25, 2009
FORMER PORT ISABEL DETENTION CENTER GUARD PLEADS GUILTY TO CRIMINAL CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
(HOUSTON) - Former Port Isabel Detention Center contract guard, Robert Luis Loya, 43, of Rio Hondo, Texas, has pleaded guilty to a six-count criminal information charging him with three counts of deprivation of rights and three counts of abusive sexual contact pertaining to three female detainees of the detention center, United States Attorney Tim Johnson and acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Loretta King announced today. The Port Isabel Detention Center is located in Los Fresnos, Texas.
At a hearing yesterday before United States District Judge Gray H. Miller, Loya admitted that while on duty at the detention center in March and April 2008, he ordered a female detainee at the Port Isabel Detention Center to disrobe and touched her breasts, buttocks and inner thighs adjacent to her genitalia in a sexual manner. On another occasion, Loya also admitted to ordering another female to remove her underclothing and touched her breasts, nipples, abdomen and legs in a sexual manner and to ordering yet another female detainee to lift her shirt and touched her abdomen and arm in a sexual manner. Loya's conduct constitutes a deprivation of the civil rights and sexual abuse of each of the three female detainees.
Loya faces imprisonment of not more than one year and fine of not more than $100,000 for the three counts of deprivation of civil rights convictions and another maximum two-year-term of imprisonment a $250,000 fine for the abusive sexual contact convictions.
Loya remains on bond and is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 11, 2009, at 10:30 am.
The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Professional Responsibility. Assistant United States Attorney Ruben R. Perez and Civil Rights Division attorney Michael J. Frank prosecuted this case for the government.
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