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Former Correctional Officer Sentenced To Prison For Sexual Abuse Of An Inmate

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

Ocala, Florida – Senior United States District Judge John Antoon II has sentenced Fiona Eyana Palmer (39, Wesley Chapel) to 15 months in federal prison for sexual abuse of an inmate. A federal jury had found Palmer guilty on April 11, 2023.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Palmer was employed as a correctional officer at the Coleman Federal Correction Complex when she engaged in sexual acts with an inmate at the prison between January 2018 and March 2019. In two recorded phone calls between Palmer and the inmate, Palmer discussed the sexual acts and offered to send money to one of the inmate’s relatives. Palmer also directed the inmate to lie to federal investigators if asked about the sexual relationship.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Inspector General. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys William S. Hamilton and Hannah Nowalk.

Updated July 21, 2023

Civil Rights