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NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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September 9, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two Hazelton Inmates Indicted by the Federal Grand Jury

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Two inmates at USP Hazelton were named in Indictments returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on September 1, 2009.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that:

ANTHONY BONDS, age 24, an inmate at USP Hazelton, was named in a two-count Indictment. Count One of the Indictment alleges that BONDS forcibly intimidated an employee of the Bureau of Prisons on May 16, 2009, while she was engaged in her official duties as a nurse on the staff at USP Hazelton, which intimidation and interference involved physical contact. Count Two of the Indictment alleges that BONDS knowingly engaged in sexual contact by inappropriately touching an employee of the USP Hazelton on May 16, 2009.

If convicted, BONDS faces a maximum penalty of eight years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Count One of the Indictment; and a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Count Two of the Indictment.

FREDERICK PADGETT, age 52, an inmate at USP Hazelton, was named in a two-count Indictment. Count One of the Indictment alleges that PADGETT assaulted another person with a dangerous weapon on September 20, 2008, in Preston County. Count Two of the Indictment alleges that PADGETT possessed a prohibited weapon, an object that was designed and intended to be used as a weapon, on September 20, 2008.

If convicted, PADGETT faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Count One of the Indictment; and a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Count Two fo the Indictment.

The cases will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David E. Godwin. The cases were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Investigative Services at USP Hazelton.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictments are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

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