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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Former Federal Prison Employee Pleads Guilty To Sex Offense

BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Jeffrey S. Walton, 48, of Ronceverte, West Virginia, pled guilty in federal court in Beckley today to abusive sexual contact with a female federal inmate.  Walton admitted that on one occasion in May or June of 2013, he touched the breasts of an inmate at the Federal Prison Camp at Alderson.  At the time of the incident, Walton was employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and was acting as the inmate’s work supervisor at the Alderson facility.  Walton is no longer employed by the Bureau of Prisons.

Walton faces up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  United States District Judge Irene Berger has scheduled the sentencing for July 31, 2014. 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney John File is handling the prosecution.

Updated January 7, 2015