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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Former Central Texas Detention Facility–G.E.O. Prison Guard Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Ward

In San Antonio, 35-year-old former Central Texas Detention Facility—G.E.O. prison guard Barbara Jean Goodwin faces up to 15 years in 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 United States Magistrate Judge John W. Primomo this afternoon, 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 remains on bond pending sentencing scheduled for June 12, 2017, before Senior United States District Judge David A. Ezra.


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 March 14, 2017