Former Correction Officer Pleads Guilty To Civil Rights Violation For Sexual Assault Of Inmate At Bedford Hills Correctional Facility For Women
Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JEFFREY GREEN, a former correction officer at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women (the “Bedford Facility”), pled guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul E. Davison to violating the constitutional civil rights of an inmate by sexually assaulting her at the Bedford Facility.
Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: “As he admitted in court today, Jeffrey Green sexually assaulted a defenseless female inmate. Green betrayed his duty as a correction officer and violated the Constitution. The protections of our Constitution do not end at our prisons’ walls.”
According to the allegations contained in the Information to which GREEN pled guilty today, and the related Complaint in which he was originally charged on February 15, 2017:
The Bedford Facility is a jail complex located in Bedford Hills, in Westchester County, New York, maintained by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. At the time of the assault, Victim-1 was an inmate incarcerated at the Bedford Facility.
In the late evening hours of March 10, 2016, GREEN unlocked and opened the cell of Victim-1, and entered her cell unaccompanied by any other correction officer or other Bedford Facility staff. GREEN then grabbed Victim-1 by her arms, held her with her back against the wall of her cell, and began to lick, kiss, and bite her neck area, and to fondle her chest. After Victim-1 pushed GREEN away, he grabbed her, pushed her up against the wall of her cell, and again forced himself on her. GREEN then pulled up the shirt and bra of Victim-1 and bit, licked, and kissed her neck, chest, and breast and nipple areas, and fondled Victim-1’s groin area. GREEN was subsequently interrupted by the arrival of another correction officer knocking on a door to be admitted into the unit, upon which GREEN immediately departed Victim-1’s cell.
Victim-1 reported the assault the following morning, and a medical examination produced samples taken from Victim-1’s neck, left breast, and right breast that gave positive results with a presumptive test for saliva. A swab from Victim-1’s left breast generated a single-source male profile.
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JEFFREY GREEN, 48, of Brooklyn, New York, pled guilty to one count of violating the constitutional civil rights of an inmate by subjecting her to cruel and unusual punishment, by subjecting her to abusive sexual contact, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison.
The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.
GREEN is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Davison on August 7, 2017.
Mr. Kim praised the investigative work of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Office of Special Investigations and the Criminal Investigators at the United States Attorney’s Office. He also thanked the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in the investigation.
This case is being handled by the Office’s Civil Rights and Public Corruption Units. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alex Rossmiller and Ellen Blain are in charge of the prosecution.