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Former Central Texas Dentention Facility - GEO Prison Guard Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Ward

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas

In San Antonio, 35-year-old former Central Texas Detention Facility—G.E.O. prison guard Barbara Jean Goodwin was sentenced to federal prison after admitting to having sexual relations with an inmate, announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr.; United States Marshal David Sligh; and, Christopher Combs, FBI Special Agent in Charge, San Antonio Division.


Appearing before Senior United States District Judge David A. Ezra this morning, Goodwin was sentenced to 5 months imprisonment to be followed by 5 months home confinement. Goodwin also was ordered to serve a 2 year supervised release term and register as a sex offender.


On March 14, 2017, Goodwin pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a ward. By pleading guilty, Goodwin admitted that from February 2016 to August 2016, she engaged in sexual acts with a federal prisoner who at the time was under her custodial, supervisory or disciplinary authority.


Goodwin was ordered to self-surrender in July to start her prison term.


This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah Wannarka and Christina Playton are prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.




Updated June 13, 2017