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Former Federal Correctional Officer Indicted for Sexual Abuse of an Inmate

For Immediate Release
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A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging a former federal correctional officer with one count of sexual abuse of an individual in federal custody.

The indictment alleges that, between October 2021 and August 2022, Lenton Jerome Hatten, 54, of Tallahassee, Florida, engaged in sexual acts with an inmate while employed as a sports specialist for the Bureau of Prisons.

Hatten made his initial appearance in federal court this afternoon.

Trial for Hatten is set for June 5 at 8:15 a.m., at the U.S. Courthouse in Tallahassee before the Honorable Senior U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle. 

If convicted, Hatten faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison, five years to life on supervised release, and a maximum $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Jason R. Coody for the Northern District of Florida made the announcement.

The FBI and the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James A. McCain for the Northern District of Florida is prosecuting this case.

An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated April 6, 2023

Civil Rights
Press Release Number: 23-382