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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Former Prison Guard in Del Rio Sentenced to Federal Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Ward

In Del Rio this afternoon, a federal judge sentenced 59–year-old former prison guard Leticia Martinez Garza of Del Rio to 13 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for having sexual intercourse with an inmate announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division. 

On May 4, 2016, the defendant pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a ward.  By pleading guilty, the defendant admitted that between May 15, 2014, and September 18, 2014, while employed as a Laundry, Property and Supply Supervisor at GEO Corrections Val Verde Correction facility in Del Rio, she had sexual intercourse on multiple occasions with an inmate who was under her custodial, supervisory or disciplinary authority.

The case resulted from a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation together with the United States Marshals Service and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew Watters and Goran Krnaich prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

Updated October 13, 2016