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Former Federal Bureau of Prisons employee pleads guilty to sex charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Richard Canterbury, 50, of Lewisburg, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact involving a ward.

Canterbury, a former Federal Bureau of Prisons employee, admitted that while he was working as a supervisor in the garage at the Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, West Virginia, he intentionally touched the breasts of a female inmate on one occasion in early 2014.

Canterbury faces up to two years in prison, and a fine of $250,000. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 13, 2015.

United States District Judge Irene C. Berger presided over the plea hearing.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney John File is in charge of the prosecution.


Updated January 8, 2016