Correctional officer and nurse indicted for scheme involving sex with federal inmate
Nurse served as a lookout while correctional officer had sex with prisoner
A federal grand jury indicted Rebecca Fussell, 48, of Waycross, for Conspiracy and Sexual Abuse of a Ward, and Melissa Batten, 47, of Waycross, for Conspiracy and False Statement, announced Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, and Robert A. Bourbon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (DOJ-OIG), Miami Field Division.
“Employees at prison facilities are expected to oversee safe and humane incarceration of the inmates, not prey upon them,” said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.
“The DOJ-OIG takes allegations of sexual abuse by federal correctional officers and employees very seriously, and is committed to investigating such allegations,” stated Special Agent in Charge Bourbon.
The case was investigated by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Marcela C. Mateo is prosecuting the case for the United States.
An indictment contains only charges. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.