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Former Security Supervisor at Reentry Center Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of Inmate

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Morris Gary Hibbitt, 51, of Avondale, pleaded guilty on June 17, 2024, before United States Magistrate Judge John Z. Boyle to the felony charge of sexual abuse of an inmate.

On September 9, 2024, Chief United States District Judge G. Murray Snow will sentence Hibbitt.

At the time of the offense, Hibbitt worked as a Security Supervisor for Behavioral Systems Southwest (BSS), a residential reentry center in Phoenix. The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) contracts with BSS to help inmates reenter the community when they complete their prison terms. Inmate wards at BSS remain in official detention and under the custodial authority of the BOP.

On May 21, 2023, while on duty as the Security Supervisor at BSS, Hibbitt sexually abused a female inmate under his supervision.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Kristen Brook, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-24-00993-PHX-GMS
RELEASE NUMBER:    2024-085_Hibbitt

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Zach J. Stoebe
Telephone: (602) 514-7413

Updated July 1, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 2024-085_Hibbitt